Rembrandt: Britain's Discovery of the Master
7 July – 14 October 2018
Discover how Rembrandt captured the imagination of both collectors and artists in Britain since the early 17th century.
British mania for Rembrandt’s work, particularly his portraits and landscapes, reached fever pitch in the late 18th century, but it had been evolving for over a century before that.
This exhibition explores how his popularity continues to this day through key paintings that remain in British collections and a selection of fine drawings and prints.
Highlights include his only portraits of ‘British’ sitters, Rev Johannes Elison and his wife Maria Bockenolle (both 1634), on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and key landscapes including The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (1647) from the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Although they were painted in Amsterdam, the Boston portraits depict a Dutch couple who lived in Norwich, and the paintings were in Britain by 1677. They are one of only three pairs of full-length portraits painted by Rembrandt, and have not been seen in the UK since 1929.
The exhibition also reveals his impact on the work of native artists across the centuries. British artists represented range from William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds through to John Bellany and Leon Kossoff.