Exhibition - The Dutch Golden Age: Prints By Rembrandt And His Contemporaries

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 at 10:00am

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741

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Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606 – 1669), The Annunciation to the Shepherds, 1632, etching, Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Goodman, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania

During the Dutch Golden Age the arts flourished-many artists who are now household names, including Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), worked during this period, when a growing middle-class became more able to afford material goods, including art. After the Protestant Reformation (1517) secular subjects became more common in Protestant areas, and landscapes, portraits, and scenes of daily life became popular as a new class of collectors brought artworks into their homes. Prints are part of this story-allowing for popular images to be reproduced in quantity and for a wide audience.

This exhibition of more than 60 works illuminates this exciting period and tells the story of prints in Holland during the 1600s, considered one of the most innovative periods in the history of printmaking. Rembrandt, one of the greatest artists to have worked with etching, is known for his experimental approach, exploiting the ability to alter plates and reproduce images. Seven prints by Rembrandt are featured, along with a works by his precursors, peers, and followers, including Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Lievens, Adriaen van Ostade, Nicolaes Berchem, Carel Dujardin, Adriaen van de Velde, and Anthonie Waterloo. The variety of images-from landscapes, to peasant scenes, to complex parables-rewards close looking and provides a fascinating look at the technique of printmaking and the Golden Age of Holland. This exhibition is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Date: November 8, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Location: Bowman And Baer Galleries

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