How Rembrandt Understood the Destruction of Jerusalem (and Poussin Didn't)

A tale of two paintings and one city.

From Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt. Wikimedia Commons.

From Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt. Wikimedia Commons.

Observation
July 12 2018
About the author

Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.


This is the fifth in an occasional series of essays by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on the intersection of Jews and Judaism with the artistic practice, and the aesthetic vision, of the great 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. To see earlier installments, click here.

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