Every week, we highlight an artwork that is part of the collection of The Rembrandt House Museum, or currently on view at the museum. Today we would like to show you this etching by Rembrandt that is currently part of our exhibition Rembrandt’s Etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection: Rembrandt, Jupiter and Antiope, 1659.
This etching depicts the mythological story of Jupiter and Antiope, as known from Ovidius’ Metamorphoses. The upper god Jupiter was famous for his countless erotic adventures. Here we see him, having assumed the form of a satyr, spying on the sleeping Antiope. She would eventually get pregnant with twins.
Rembrandt is one of the greatest graphic talents of all time. 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: Rembrandts etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection. 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.