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Monday 13 May 2019

At this year’s Hay Festival, we will be sponsoring the event ‘Rembrandt’s eyes’ by Simon Schama which takes place on Saturday 25th May 2019 at 1pm on the Baillie Gifford Stage.

Simon will be talking about Rembrandt van Rijn who is considered as one of the greatest visual artists in history and the most important in Dutch art history. He was an incredible draughtsman, painter and printmaker. Simon Schama will be talking about the impact Rembrandt’s work had on the image of humanity.

Simon Schama is an English historian specialising in art history and Dutch, Jewish and French History. He is also a university professor at Columbia University, New York. Simon is best known for writing and hosting the BBC documentary series ‘A History of Britain’ which aired between 2000 and 2002. Simon was knighted in 2018 for his services to history.

20 years ago, Simon published the book ‘Rembrandt’s eyes’ which is a biography of Rembrandt’s life looking at the work he created and his journey from fame to financial ruin. Simon also produced an hour-long BBC documentary about Rembrandt which aired in 2014.

Simon’s most recent work was writing and presenting five of the nine-episode series ‘Civilisations’, a reboot of the 1969 series by Kenneth Clark which is a British art history television series.

Tickets are still available for the event and can be found here:


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