Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's (1606-1669) death, this exhibition presents 50 of the finest works from the Ashmolean Museum’s collection of prints by the Dutch master.
Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of all time. On a national tour that displays these prints together for the first time, the works in this exhibition demonstrate Rembrandt’s inventive techniques and unrivalled ability for storytelling.
While most other contemporary printmakers only made prints of historical, religious or mythological subjects, Rembrandt delighted in presenting everyday scenes. The exhibition includes intimate family studies, including a sheet probably depicting his wife Saskia lying ill in bed (c1639), life-drawn nudes and detailed characters observed on the streets of his native Leiden, including peasants, Ringball players and a rat catcher.
Highlights include a selection of intense self-portraits with their penetrating gaze, his only still-life print The Shell (1650) and iconic works such as The Three Trees (1643) and The Windmill (1641). Perhaps the most remarkable print on display is Christ Presented to the People (Ecce Homo) (1655), considered to be the pinnacle of Rembrandt’s printmaking.