Rembrandt in America

Rembrandt in America; Collecting and Connoisseurship

The Old Times, August 2012

By Jim Billings

MINNEAPOLIS–Paintings by 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt (Harmenszoon van Rijn) are holding their final reunion at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.   Through this travelling exhibition, Rembrandt in America; Collecting and Connoisseurship, viewers can savor and compare 50 works borrowed from American museums and a few private collectors.  This chance to become friends with many masterpieces, mostly portraits, continues through 16 September. Continue reading “Rembrandt in America”

American dollar coin, whence it came, whitherit goes

By Jim Billings

The Old Times , June 2007

Sauk Center, Minnesota

The United States Senate authorized a dollar coin with George Washington’s image.That was 1792.Washington, then president, reportedly disapproved and the House rejected it.Despite his wishes, Washington has circulated on the paper dollar since 1869, the “quarter” since 1932.Now in 2007, we have Washington on the dollar coin – stylized, stern, and heroic. Continue reading “American dollar coin, whence it came, whitherit goes”

Japanese Nature Scrolls (sumi-e scrolls)

Published in The Old Times, March 2007

by Jim Billings

The Japanese nature scroll painting — ink on paper or on silk — has been preserved by a master-student tradition over centuries. Whether vertical (hanging) or horizontal (hand), the scroll may be rolled up, becoming petite, storable, and portable, freed from trouble or from oversight by authority. Continue reading “Japanese Nature Scrolls (sumi-e scrolls)”