Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled
21 September 2019 – 16 February 2020
How did Rembrandt make his paintings and etchings? And how do we go about investigating this today? In the autumn of 2019, the museum will create a laboratory-like setting, in which the new insights and the master’s secrets will be revealed. Discover how a drawing by Rembrandt has changed over the centuries, see what was added to an etching by others and consider the dilemmas of researchers and conservators.
This exhibition will bring the world of research into materials and techniques to life. In recent years scientists and restorers have subjected various works of art by Rembrandt to the latest analytical methods. This has often produced surprising and ground-breaking results. Now visitors will be able to experience the scientific methods and techniques for themselves, in the place where the works of art were made.
This exhibition is staged in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands | Heritage Laboratory, the University of Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology (united in NICAS), the Monuments and Archeology Department of the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for art History, The Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings project (WIRE) and independent researchers.