In the summer of 2017 the frick collection will present rembrandts abraham entertaining the angels of 1646 this captivating small and luminous oil painting on panel generously lent from a private collection has been exhibited only a handful of times in its history and was last on public view ten years ago. Beginning in the late 1630s and increasingly through the 1640s rembrandt shifted away from the dynamic movement of his earlier work towards imagery characterized by stillness and calm. By andrew hendrixson there isnt a trace of frivolity to be found here the questions posed are serious ones laden with the gravity of their implications but they emerge quietly and slowly before lodging themselves in the chest. Of 1646 cat 1 and in an etching made ten years later cat 2 in these works both known as abraham entertaining the angels the artist grapples in strikingly different ways with the nature
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