Rembrandt’s mastery of the printmaking medium and his sensitive depiction of the human condition are unsurpassed. His numerous etchings covered the full range of styles and subjects for which he is celebrated as a painter and draughtsman, including self-portraits, scenes from the Bible, vignettes of everyday life, and character studies. Famously experimental, Rembrandt often reworked his copper plates to improve and extend their expressive power. The results can look startlingly modern and continue to inspire artists today. Drawing on many pictorial traditions and familiar themes, the works in the Hood’s collection represent Rembrandt’s achievements as a printmaker from his first etchings in the 1620s to his death forty years later. This exhibition is presented in celebration of the artist’s four hundredth birthday and will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure.
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and is generously supported by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund and the Cissy Patterson Fund.