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Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and Other 17th Century Printmakers

RembrandtThrough Sunday, October 28, 2007

Lecture October 11, 12:30 p.m. in the Burt Chernow Galleries - Metropolitan Museum of Art lecturer Dahn Hiuni will discuss “The Golden Age of Dutch Painting,” examining the cultural, political and economic structure that gave rise to these works as well as the stylistic innovations of the artists themselves. More...

Film Showing October 11, 7:00 p.m.
Dear Beautiful,an experimental animated film by Bridgeport filmmaker-painter Roland Becerra, More...

Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and other 17th century Printmakers will be on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art beginning Thursday, September 6 and continuing through Sunday, October 28, 2007. The exhibition has been organized by Syracuse University culled from works from the University's art collection. An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 6 from 5:30 until 7pm. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Rembrandt, long considered one of the most important masters in western art history, created just under 300 etchings during his lifetime. According to scholar Kahren Jones Arbitman, "Rembrandt's unsurpassed mastery of the medium [is] apparent in his technical innovations and his stylistic advancements." She goes on to say, "Rembrandt's genius as an etcher lies in his recognition that this medium responds best to the light touch of a draftsman, not the heavy hand of a printmaker. Using the etching needle like a pencil or paintbrush, he created lines which spontaneously flowed across his plates."

Domenic J. Iacono, curator of the exhibition, has organized the show thematically-landscapes, genre, portraits, and religious subjects -so that viewers will learn how Rembrandt and his contemporaries approached these themes and adapted their media to the subjects.

Rembrandt's command of this medium, combined with his skill as an artist to convey the narrative of his subject or scenes (Biblical, mythical or historical), keeps every generation entranced by his work.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday: 8:30am through 5:30 pm. Thursdays until 7pm

Saturdays 9 until 3pm and Sundays Noon until 4pm. (Closed weekends during the summer).