Rembrandt drew to hone his skills, record a motif, test compositional ideas and ways of expressing emotion, and provide instructive models for his students. Upon his death, nearly 2,000 drawings by Rembrandt and his followers were found in his studio. Intended for workshop use, the teacher’s drawings are rarely signed. It is a special occasion to see the four drawings on view in Rembrandt in America. Because drawings, like all works on paper, are light sensitive, so they can only be viewed for limited amounts of time.
Maya Meets Mommy’s Latest Assignment
Excited to showcase the great Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn to my four year old, Maya, I decided to bring home the catalog for the exhibition. For Maya, flipping through exhibition catalogs is as commonplace as reading an Eric Carle book. We sat down one the bed, and I said, “Tell me what you think.”
Reflecting on the past nine months of my life, I would say that my role as Research Coordinator for the current exhibition Rembrandt in America has been one of the highlights of my graduate career. The opportunity to work on the first ever Rembrandt paintings exhibition held at the museum definitely began with my graduate education at Case Western Reserve University and the unique relationship the university shares with the museum.
When you visit Rembrandt in America, be sure not to miss the companion exhibition, Rembrandt Prints from The Morgan Library & Museum. It is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see prints that rarely go on public view. The Morgan Library & Museum contains the largest and finest collection of prints by Rembrandt van Rijn.
Maybe you have noticed the backwards M in the logo of the current exhibition Rembrandt in America. It's not a typo.
Rembrandt in America is now on view at The Cleveland Museum of Art through May 28. You may know the artist’s name, but the exhibition offers the opportunity to explore his life and work and to understand why collecting his work in America was so important.
This is the first of a series of blogs that will dig deeper into topics related to the exhibition. We’ll start with offering 3 lenses to view the exhibition.