This exhibition is a celebration, the first chance to see six etchings by the famed Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn since they were gifted to the Ulster Museum. The master printmaker’s work now belongs to you as part of the public collection, thanks to the acceptance in lieu of tax scheme. Though many of his paintings are associated with the dramatic and awe inspiring style of Baroque painting, Rembrandt’s etchings communicate a unique silence that is often found in the Golden Age of Dutch art; the still of nature, the intimacy of the human face and thoughtful biblical scenes. 

The Artist's Mother (1631) Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn (1606 – 1699) Etching BELUM.U2019.10.5 Donated as part of the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, 2019 © National Museums NI

Rembrandt’s lack of fear in experimenting with etching led him to develop a new style and to push the limits of the technique, cementing him as a printmaker who inspired the generations that followed. The accompanying works in this exhibition are from the wider Ulster Museum print collection. They welcome Rembrandt, through showing how the medium has evolved and yet still reflects his innovative work. 

 

The Descent from the Cross by torchlight (1654) Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn (1606 – 1699) Etching BELUM.U2019.10.2 Donated as part of the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, 2019 © National Museums NI

 

Use SmARTify to discover more stories behind each artwork. Download the app and point your device’s camera at any print in the exhibition to find out more.

 

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