“Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and Other 17th Century Printmakers” opens October 25th at the Zanesville Museum of Art‘s Great Gallery and will run through January 5th, 2019. The museum organizes various activities surrounding the exhibition throughout its run until January, and now offers free admission until the end of the exhibition!
Rembrandt is generally considered one of the most significant figures in western art history due in part to his virtuoso style, the variety of his subject matter, and the sheer volume of work he produced in his fifty-year career as a painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. This exhibition brings together many of Rembrandt’s most significant prints and those created by several of his contemporaries, all of whom were active during the Dutch Golden Age.
Arranged thematically, the images in this special exhibition explore key topics that inspired artists of the 17th century including landscapes, scenes of everyday life—or genre scenes— portraiture, and religion. The works also demonstrate the artists’ preference for a specific type of printmaking process called etching, a process that resembled the immediacy of sketching on paper, required less technical training than the woodcut or engraving printmaking processes, and yielded multiple impressions from each etching plate.
In addition to the works by Rembrandt that are displayed, there are other Dutch Old Masters on view as well: Andreas Stock, Schelte Boiswert, Jan Lutma, Jr., Ferdinand Bol, Anthonie Waterloo, Jan Dirksz Both, Karel Dujardin, Jan Van der Velde II and Adriaen van Ostade.
The museum organizes various activities, such as the family-friendly “Imagination Tours” and a series of lectures, for more information see the museum website.