From May 12th until July 8th, a selection of 40 Rembrandt etchings will be presented at the Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE, in the exhibition “Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes”.
Rembrandt, one of the most influential printmakers in the history of art, created etchings that offer a wide range of subjects — from incisive representations of scriptures to studies of street life. His prints possess comedy as well as sober social commentary and have influenced innumerable later printmakers. But how can one be sure that a Rembrandt is truly or wholly by THE Rembrandt?
In an exploration of this question, the Biggs’ exhibit will showcase a travelling exhibit of 40 Rembrandt etchings from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined by Rembrandt’s etchings from University of Arizona Museum of Art. Altogether, these works examine the problem of authenticating Rembrandt’s etchings. The exhibition includes first state pulls from the artist’s lifetime and restrike prints and copies from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Established in 1993, the Biggs Museum of American Art houses one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts. Special features of the permanent collection include the only comprehensive representational American paintings collection on the Delmarva Peninsula with highlights by the Peale family, Albert Bierstadt, Gilbert Stuart, and Childe Hassam. The Museum also houses one of the finest collections of regional silver in the country.
The Biggs offers changing exhibitions throughout the year relating to historical and contemporary art topics. Intimate galleries offer guests an unexpected and personal experience with the collection. The museum supports the public education of art through educational programming for adults and children and special events designed to bring art to everyone. Whether it’s the first visit to the Biggs Museum or the hundredth, there is always something new to delight, surprise, enlighten, excite, and inspire.