A few years ago we visited Rembrandt's house and to be quite honest, we came away a little disappointed. So it wasn't on our list of places for a return visit but we noticed, on wandering about the city, that there were posters up advertising Caravaggio at Rembrandt's house. Caravaggio is a cracking painter (so is Rembrandt of course) so we decided to give it another go. Rembrandt's house once again didn't fail to disappoint as the Caravaggio exhibition consisted of 1 painting but perhaps our lack of Dutch meant that we didn't pick this fact out of the poster.
Having said that they do have quite a few old masters on view and an excellent collection of Rembrandt's etchings and then on the way out we passed another room with a most enjoyable collection of prints by Anneke Kuyper (which I'm going to cover in a later blog). And just to help matters along, they let you take pictures so by the end of it, I was quite glad I went in after all.
Without further ado, here's the Caravaggio. It is St John the Baptist Reclining and has been called the last Caravaggio. It is certainly one of his last paintings and is in a private collection, so whether it will be available to be seen anywhere after it's visit to Amsterdam, I do not know. It finishes it's stint here at Rembrandt's house the day after tomorrow. I've followed this with a small selection of Rembrandt's own etchings.