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Exhibition | 26 Apr. 2023 – 30 Jul. 2023

Rembrandt. Prints by the Greatest Old Master

From the Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606−1669) ranks as one of the greatest artists of all time. He is renowned for his atmospheric paintings that are often deeply humane and moving. But Rembrandt made not only paintings, he also produced many prints. Each one of these is a work of art in its own right, sometimes small in size, but always with great visual richness. Looking at them closely, one discovers an entire world in black and white.

During his life and in later decades, Rembrandt was mostly known for his pioneering prints, creating more than three hundred etchings at a time when the rapidly urbanising Dutch Republic became the preeminent European centre of protestantism, trade and the arts. After his death, Rembrandt remained an artists’ artist for two centuries; Rembrandt’s present-day fame and importance rest on the rebellion against classical ideals, the artist’s innovative approach to etching, and his empathetic depiction of different peoples, be they burghers, beggars, or the Jews.

The exhibition at the National Gallery of Slovenia presents 59 original works from the collection of the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam. It brings together 43 of Rembrandt’s prints and two of his etching plates and 14 prints by the contemporaries and later artists that were inspired by the Old Master, such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition is coming to a city and public that is very receptive to printmaking. Whereas in other countries this medium is regularly neglected, in Slovenia it receives more formal attention, as seen, for instance, with the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and the excellent printmaking school of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. The overview of the master’s influence is complemented by 10 works from the collection of the National Gallery. Martin Johann Schmidt, Ivana Kobilca and Zoran Mušič are featured, among others. This will allow you to familiarise yourself not only with Rembrandt’s exceptional printmaking, but also with his impact on later generations.

On view are several of Rembrandt’s most famous prints, including The Shell, which is his only still life etching, five self-portraits, the influential print The Three Crosses and two phases of the motif Christ Presented to the People – Rembrandt is known for the changes he made on the printing matrix during printing cycles of the same motif. These sheets allow us to track the alterations in details, figures and the atmosphere.

The master’s works are arranged according to his preoccupations, such as ‘After Life’, ‘Light and Dark’ and ‘Shaping a Character’. You will be guided through Rembrandt’s approach to storytelling, and how he first made and then merged character studies, genre scenes and backgrounds to create enthralling tales that still move us with their message of love, faith and hope.

An exhibition project by
Narodna galeria, Ljubljana and Museum Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

Represented by
Barbara Jaki, Milou Halbesma

Jochem van Eijsden, Epco Runia

Head of the project
Michel Mohor

Iris Kost

Conservation-restoration works
Tina Buh, Anne Roos

Exhibition set-up
Ranko Novak

Owners of exhibits
Museum Rembrandthuis
Narodna galerija
SDH - DUTB, d. d.

This exhibition came about as a close collaboration between the National Gallery of Slovenia and the Rembrandt House Museum.

The project was supported by

26 April – 30 July 2023
National Gallery of Slovenia
Prešernova 24
1000 Ljubljana