The Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker” in the fall of 2018.
The exhibit, commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death, will showcase more than 100 of Rembrandt’s celebrated etchings, drawings and paintings spanning from 1625 to 1665. The combination of extremely rare prints, presented alongside paintings and drawings depicting similar subjects, will give visitors a deeper understanding of Rembrandt’s working habits as an artist, and moreover, as a printmaker.
The exhibition also will take a close look at Rembrandt’s innovative approach to printmaking that combined the three principle methods of intaglio, including etching, drypoint and engraving. By balancing these techniques, Rembrandt was able to produce prints that were highly sought after during and following his lifetime.
Images of biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks of the time will be featured throughout “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker” to showcase the mastery that cemented Rembrandt as one of the greatest artists in history. The exhibition will demonstrate how Rembrandt used his view of the world around him to fuel his artistic journey, often using himself, family members and neighbors as models. It also will expose the various types of paper he used throughout his artistic journey for printmaking, such as oriental paper, wrapping paper and parchment, as well as European papers.