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Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) is one of the most revered artists of the European tradition. Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness focuses specifically on one of the less well-known aspects of Rembrandt’s output, namely his fascination with print-making.

During his lifetime, Rembrandt was as famed for his etchings as for his paintings. In Britain, for example, he was far better known as a printmaker producing evocative Dutch landscapes, biblical scenes and sensitive portraits, including many introspective self-portraits.

Rembrandt produced 290 etchings during his life and in his hand the etching became a true works of art in its own right. To this day he is widely considered to be the most accomplished etcher of all time.

Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness showcases Norwich Castle’s extraordinary collection of 93 prints and 1 drawing by Rembrandt alongside select loans from the British Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, National Gallery, and Royal Collection.

Rembrandt’s preoccupation with light and shade can be seen throughout his work. In his monochrome prints he achieved results which were as expressive and varied as in his oil paintings.

This exhibition reveals how Rembrandt achieved unsurpassed effects of light and darkness purely through the combination of black lines and the white space around them.
Relevant research areas: Western Europe, Baroque, Etching

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