After Rembrandt

Peter Peryer, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1996.
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About the Work
The historical denial of photography as an art form rested in the argument that photographers were simply documenters who faithfully replicated a specific thing or event in the natural world. Peter Peryer’s photograph reminds us of this history through both its subject and execution. Here Peryer replicates a work by one of the greatest Baroque artists, Rembrandt. The etching is of a shell, a simple item from the natural world, but in Rembrandt’s hand it was considered art. Why should that not be the case for photography?
- extended label text for the exhibition 'After You', 2013.
Image: 346 x 520mm
Support: 438 x 594mm
black & white photograph
Black and white image of a conical shell with a distinctive black and white repeating pattern on its surface
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1996
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
09 Jul 1996



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