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Reflecting on Rembrandt: 500 Years of Etching

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 – 1669). “Self-Portrait in a Velvet Cap with Plume,” 1638. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. S. William Pelletier. GMOA 1984.43

Sat, Jan 18 - Sun, Apr 19  2020

Georgia Museum of Art - Atlanta Consulate Region

During the 2019 fall semester, University of Georgia students in two classes at the Lamar Dodd School of Art spent hours at the Georgia Museum of Art, looking through prints in the museum’s collection. Now, the product of their work, the exhibition “Reflecting on Rembrandt: 500 Years of Etching,” will be on view from January 18 to April 19, 2020, celebrating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. The exhibition includes prints selected from the museum’s collection as well as some created by the students, both commemorating the artist’s profound impact as a printmaker.

UGA students in ARHI 4310/6310 Northern Baroque Art (taught by Dr. Shelley Zuraw) and ARST 3315 Printmaking: Etching (taught by Mark Callahan) first repeatedly visited the museum’s collections, looking at prints in its rich collection of works on paper. The printmaking students then created prints using the same techniques Rembrandt employed in the 17th century. For most students in ARST 3315, the works in this exhibition represent some of their first efforts with this demanding medium and a response to the tradition of viewing Rembrandt as a guide and standard of achievement.

Students in ARHI 4310/6310 then combined these contemporary works with prints by Rembrandt, his peers and his followers. Their choices reveal both Rembrandt’s own interests in technique and composition as well as the impact he had on other artists.

Related events include:

  • 90 Carlton: Winter, the museum’s quarterly reception, on January 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (free for current members, $10 for Friends of the Museum and Supporters, $15 for Not Yet Friends; galleries open until 9:30 p.m.)
  • and a gallery discussion with the students, focusing on Rembrandt’s development and fame as an etcher, on February 6 at 5:30 p.m.
    All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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