Current Exhibition

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. 

Upcoming Exhibition

Hilton Village Centennial Celebration
June 2-24, 2018
French Connections
July 13 – September 30, 2018

 The special exhibit of works by Marc Chagall opens July 13 and runs through September 30, 2018 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Drawn from the permanent collection of the museums throughout Virginia and North Carolina, works by the artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) provide a glimpse into the influential Avant-guard styles that converged in Paris during the early 20th century. Chagall grew up in Russia, and moved to Paris in 1911 in order to master his craft.

 Additionally, the “Glow of Paris” exhibit contains photographs by Gary Zuercher. His romance with Paris and its bridges at night are captured in 35 unique images.. His manipulation of the camera playing with shadow and light effects, isolates and elevates these important architectural symbols of Paris far beyond their daily, prosaic function

 The show complements the interactive art exhibition “Chagall for Children. Focusing on the works of Marc Chagall, this one-of-a-kind experience is a unique approach to introducing families to art through the life and work of a master artist, helping children and adults alike develop a greater understanding and appreciation of all forms of artistic expression. Chagall for Children is designed to engage visitors in the exploration of the artist and his artwork through 15 interactive, multi-sensory components.


Each exhibit area features one Chagall work with an accompanying hands-on activity in a variety of media. Visitors are encouraged to explore specific art principles such as color, composition, light, and texture. Many stations are accompanied by audio descriptions highlighting information about the artwork. Books about the artist are provided to encourage further exploration and to stimulate literacy learning.

October 13, 2018 – January 624, 2019

In conjunction with the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Adorn exhibition
series, Walk this Way will present a contemporary look at shoes created by artists throughout the United States. Artisans across the nation are devoted to what might be considered a “lost art,” creating such handmade objects designed to be functional as well as beautiful, and reflective of both their own aesthetic and a wearer’s chosen style. This attention to handmade specificity, materials, and aesthetic details elevates these useful adornments to the realm of art.