Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection
From April 28th until July 23rd 2017, The Rembrandt House Museum is staging an exhibition in which the magnificent etchings by Rembrandt are on display. A selection of some thirty etchings from the museum’s collection will give visitors insight into the artistic and technical aspects of Rembrandt’s printmaking.
Rembrandt is one of the greatest graphic talents of all time. A passionate etcher who left an extensive oeuvre of around 290 prints. He was admired by his contemporaries for his free drawing manner, his dramatic chiaroscuro and his bold experiments in etching technique. His prints have been a source of inspiration for countless artists, among them luminaries like Goya and Picasso, and still are today. Generations of artists have borrowed motifs and compositions from Rembrandt’s prints.
Rembrandt’s spontaneous yet assured drawing style is magnificently expressed in his etchings. The movements of his hand in this medium can be followed as precisely as in his drawings, and he endeavoured to make each print an individual work of art by varying the printing process. The Rembrandt House Museum has one of the most important collections of Rembrandt’s etchings in the world and its mission is to encourage greater interest in this extraordinary cultural heritage.
Every day there are continuous demonstrations in the artist’s former home, showing visitors how an etching is made. Enlargements of some of the prints in the exhibition illustrate the exceptional quality of the work and invite visitors to look more closely at the refinement of these works.
Left: Rembrandt, The Mill, 1641, etching, The Rembrandt House Museum. Right: Rembrandt, Self-portrait with Saskia, 1636, etching, The Rembrandt House Museum.