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story.lead_photo.caption Rembrandt van Rijn’s Portrait of the Artist, circa 1665, is regarded as the great painter’s finest self-portrait. It is the centerpiece in the exhibition “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” which opens Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center. - Photo by courtesy American Federation of Arts / Kenwood House, English Heritage; Iveagh Bequest/Photo

“Sorry, but art is all about mortality.” — Warren Criswell When the Arkansas Arts Center opens its long-anticipated Kenwood House, London, exhibit Friday featuring Rembrandt van Rijn’s latter-day self-portrait — incidentally, center officials say, it’s the only Rembrandt painting ever to visit the Natural State — some will no doubt wonder what they’re seeing besides a painted representation of a famous 17th-century artist.

"Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London"

"Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London" at the Arkansas Arts Center, runs through Sept. 8. All images Kenwood House, English Heritage; Iveagh Bequest. Courtesy of the American Federation of Arts.
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Photo by Bobby Ampezzan
LaToya Hobbs stands in front of Self-Portrait 2 at Hearne Fine Art.
Photo by Courtesy of Warren Criswell
Warren Criswell’s 1996 oil on wood, Aristeas I, has Criswell standing in for the Greek poet of the work’s title.

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