Organised in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the exhibition explores Rembrandt’s innovative final years.
One of the greatest painters and printmakers Europe has ever seen, Rembrandt came to prominence as a portrait artist while still in his 30s. Despite great success, Rembrandt's penchant for extravagant spending meant he was on the verge of bankruptcy by middle age. This, coupled with a string of personal tragedies – including the death of three of his children and his wife – meant his final years were characterised by intense hardship. Yet during this period his work become increasingly more expressive and profound.
Rembrandt consciously pursued a new artistic style in his late career, manipulating printing and painting techniques, and devising new and original interpretations of traditional subjects. These works would go onto influences printmakers, painters and draftsmen for many generations that followed.
Spanning from the 1650s to his death in 1669, the display features approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints loaned from across international collections. Arranged thematically, it examines the ideas that preoccupied him during his late career: self-scrutiny, experimental technique, the use of light, the observation of everyday life and inspiration from other artists.