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Shadows and Light

Hood exhibition, events focus on Rembrandt as printmaker
Rembrandt
Rembrandt's etching Self-Portrait in a Fur Cap: Bust (1630). Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph Weil Jr. '35. (Photo courtesy of the Hood Museum of Art)

In honor of Rembrandt's 400th birthday this year, the Hood Museum of Art will join the ranks of museums worldwide in celebrating the master printmaker through exhibitions and programs. The Hood's exhibition, Rembrandt: Master of Light and Shadow; Etchings from the Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, began this month and is open through September 17.

Rembrandt thought about printmaking in new ways, offering the viewer not only carefully finished masterpieces but also more roughly sketched works that reveal his artistic processes. Throughout his career, he continued to devise solutions to the problem of depicting light and shadow with the printed line. The Hood's collection of Rembrandt etchings spans his life's work, providing an overview of 30 years of his evolving ideas.

Mariët Westermann, director of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, presented the opening lecture on April 8. Other major events associated with this exhibition include a public symposium on April 22 and a special lecture by world-renowned author and art historian Simon Schama on April 26. On July 15, Rembrandt's official birthday, the Hood will celebrate the artist with a public birthday "bash."

The exhibition is organized thematically to focus on Rembrandt's wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, reflected in his passion for portraits, landscapes, biblical stories, and mythological and allegorical scenes. A special niche will feature a copper etching plate and prints at various stages to illustrate the etching process. Complimentary brochures authored by Stacey Sell '85 of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will be available in the galleries.

 

Rembrandt's The Three Trees
Rembrandt's The Three Trees (1643), promised gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph Weil Jr. '35. (Photo courtesy of the Hood Museum of Art)

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and is generously supported by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund and the Cissy Patterson Fund.

SCHEDULE

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Call 646-2808 for more information.

SYMPOSIUM: "CELEBRATING REMBRANDT"
With a discussion by Jane L. Carroll, assistant dean of faculty and adjunct assistant professor of art history; Joy Kenseth, professor of art history; and T. Barton Thurber, curator of European art, Hood Museum of Art.

  • Saturday, April 22
  • 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Loew Theater

LECTURE: "NOT GOING GENTLE: REMBRANDT AND THE ROUGHNESS OF AGE"
By Simon Schama, Columbia University

  • Wednesday, April 26
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Loew Theater

LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK: "REMBRANDT FROM AN ARTIST'S PERSPECTIVE"
By Louise Hamlin, associate professor of studio art

  • Tuesday, May 2
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Hood second-floor galleries

HOOD HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Explore a selection of objects in the museum's collection with an experienced guide.

  • Saturday, May 6
  • 2 p.m.
  • Hood main entrance

TEEN PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP: "MULTIPLE IMPRESSIONS"
For young adults ages 14 to 18. Participants will view prints created by Rembrandt, tour the printmaking studio, watch a demonstration of the etching and drypoint process, and create prints using drypoint technique. Enrollment is limited, call 646-1469 to register.

  • Sunday, May 7
  • 1 to 5 p.m
  • $10

LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK: "REMBRANDT FROM AN ART HISTORIAN'S PERSPECTIVE"
By Joy Kenseth, professor of art history

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Hood second-floor galleries

INTRODUCTORY TOUR OF "REMBRANDT: MASTER OF LIGHT AND SHADOW"

  • Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, June 3
  • 2 p.m.
  • Hood main entrance

Of Related Interest

EXPLORING BLACK WITH LYNN NEWCOMB
Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vt., is offering an etching course in May in connection with Rembrandt: Master of Light and Shadow. Participants will explore Rembrandt's layering techniques. The course is suitable for all levels. Call (802) 295-5901 for more information.

By SHARON REED

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Last Updated: 12/17/08