Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness
21 Oct 2017 – 7 Jan 2018
Norwich’s historic museum and gallery presents its remarkable collection of 93 etched prints by the master of murkiness in oil, Rembrandt van Rijn.
This exhibition explores the Dutch master’s use of light and shade: the glow of transcendence and the ever present shadow of mortality. Expect plenty of subtle gradation from the black and white medium of etching.
While his contemporaries pressed ahead with new printing tools and surfaces, Rembrandt stuck with a simple etching needle and copper plates, pushing them to the limits of pictorial effect. See why the man we remember chiefly for his portraits in oil made his name and most of his income from printing.
Along with these local treasures, the Castle has loaned a select group of paintings and drawings that further demonstrate how mysterious shading served Rembrandt better than draftsmanship. His figures have always appeared in darkness, illuminated rather than delineated.
Several images of Christ are picked out by beams of sunlight. At other times, the artist is interested in our feet of clay. He can be earthy or lofty, as interested in murky emotion as he is in divine revelation.