and his Contemporaries
Etchings | Engravings | Paintings
April 7 – June 24, 2018
Many people are surprised to learn that Rembrandt’s etchings, not his paintings, were responsible for the international reputation he enjoyed during his lifetime. It was the beginning of what we think of as artistic realism, and Rembrandt van Rijn was at the forefront. He produced celebrated landscape and history paintings, but perhaps more than anything he loved to paint people: ordinary people, including the old and the ill.
Most of Rembrandt’s prints were completed in and around 1630, when the artist was a mere 24 years old. Rembrandt repeatedly chose beggars as the subject for his etchings. This exhibition explores Rembrandt’s etchings as well as engravings and etchings by his contemporaries of the time.
Exhibitions on view include:
Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings
Selections from the John Villarino Collection
The exhibition features 36 rare etchings by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (1606-1669) executed between 1629 and 1654. Widely recognized as the greatest practitioner of the etching technique in the history of art, Rembrandt created 300 prints that constitute a body of work unparalleled in richness and beauty. 2006, is the anniversary of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. Rembrandt repeatedly chose beggars as the subject for his etchings. Dutch author, art historian, and editor of THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS OF REMBRANDT,Dover Publications, NY, 1994, Gary Schwartz, in his essay for the exhibition catalogue, writes “The image of the beggar in Netherlandish art was no better than in society as a whole. It would not then have been out of line with the convictions of his society, with Netherlandish artistic tradition or classical art theory, had Rembrandt depicted beggars as contemptible or loathsome creatures. Indeed, some of his work fits perfectly well into.”
The works come from the John Villarino Collection of Los Angeles, CA, The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, CA.
Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and Other 17th Century Printmakers
Rembrandt is generally considered one of the most important figures in western art history. This ranking has been remarkably stable in the three hundred years since his death and is due, in part, to his virtuoso style, the wide range of subject matter he dealt with in his work, and his prolific output. Typically, it is his painting that garners the most attention with the public, but his etchings demonstrate the same genius, variety of subjects, and vitality, that he generated with his brush. This exhibition brings together the printed work of Rembrandt and fifteen of his contemporaries. It has been arranged in thematic groups, landscapes, genre, portraits, and religious subjects, so that visitors may discover how different artists approached these themes and adapted their media to the subjects.This exhibition was organized by the Syracuse University Traveling Exhibitions Program, Syracuse, New York.
APRIL 7, 2018 – JUNE 24, 2018
Educators Guide – Rembrandt
Accessibility: PFAC welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available at no charge. Guide Dogs are permitted in the galleries and a water bowl is available upon request. Large caption panel copy and gallery guides are available – advance notice is needed.