Happy 400th, Rembrandt
Today is the 400th birthday of Rembrandt van Rijn. Anyone who has picked up a brush since has been awed and influenced by his work, which feels more alive and contemporary than any other art, music or writing of that vintage that I can think of. I visit the Met's Rembrandt room every time I'm in NY, and those portraits are so well realized in both technique and character that it feels like they're ready to step out of the frames and start walking around the museum. Truly one of the greats.