Rembrandt and the Passion
15 September – 2 December 2012
Rembrandt van Rijn's reputation as one of the greatest Old Master painters is undisputed and this exhibition will give visitors a unique opportunity to experience many important paintings and drawings never seen before in Scotland.
Rembrandt was a master of portraiture but his greatest desire was to succeed as a history painter. Biblical subjects form a key element of Rembrandt's work, as in the centrepiece of the exhibition: Rembrandt's Entombment Sketch, a beautifully preserved oil painting from The Hunterian's own collection.
Rembrandt and the Passion tells the story of the Entombment Sketch and considers its purpose, both in relation to his other oil sketches and to his other works depicting the Passion. It also considers the influence of earlier and contemporary artists on the work, and compares the Sketch with a number of works by other artists, including Rubens and Lievens.