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Portrait of Marten Looten (detail), 1632. Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). Oil on wood; 92.7 x 76.2 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of J. Paul Getty 53.50.3. Image © 2009 Museum Associates/LACMA/Art Resource, NY

Rembrandt in America

Sunday, February 19–Monday, May 28, 2012
Location: Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

About The Exhibition

Rembrandt in America is the first major exhibition to explore in depth the collecting history of Rembrandt paintings in America. Consisting of over 50 works, the exhibition brings together autograph works by Rembrandt as well as others thought to be by the artist when they entered American collections but whose attributions can no longer be maintained. The exhibition therefore surveys the long career of Rembrandt as a painter, including his studio and a broader network of adapters, followers, and copyists.

While many exhibitions devoted to Rembrandt's paintings took place during the 400-year centenary of the artist's birth in 2006, Rembrandt in America offers the public a rare opportunity to examine the evolving opinions and methods of scholars and collectors regarding what constituted an autograph Rembrandt painting over a period of more than a century.

By arranging works in small groupings, visitors can develop their own skills in connoisseurship and opinions on authenticity. The exhibition occurs at a time when scrutiny of "Rembrandt" versus "not Rembrandt" continues to trouble the discipline and affect the art market significantly. As the first major exhibition to take a broader look at the history of Rembrandt collecting and connoisseurship in America, the show also addresses growing interest in the country's collecting history.

Rembrandt in America not only investigates collecting Rembrandts in America but also in Cleveland. The museum owns four paintings associated with Rembrandt, two acquired in the early 20th century by the Cleveland collectors John L. Severance and Elisabeth Severance Prentiss. Two others were purchased by the museum in 1950 and 1967. Each came to the museum attributed to Rembrandt, and all have subsequently been questioned to various degrees, with consensus yet to be reached. This exhibition offers the unique opportunity to place these problems front and center and bring together paintings from other collections to compare to Cleveland's own works.

The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue explores the often-controversial issues of collecting and connoisseurship, with a focus on individual paintings where these two related topics intersect.

Co-organizers include the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibition was on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art from October 30, 2011–January 22, 2012, and will travel to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from June 24–September 16, 2012.

Ticketed Exhibition
Full price $14, Senior $12, Student $12, Children 6–17 $7, Children 5 and under free, Members free

Have a group of 10 or more? Email groupsales@clevelandart.org for more information on group discounted admission or to buy your group tickets.

Special Extended Exhibition Hours
Saturday May 19: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday May 20: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Saturday May 26: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday May 27: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Monday May 28: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Rembrandt in America is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. 

In Cleveland, the exhibition is sponsored by AkzoNobel, makers of Glidden™ paint. Additional support provided by KeyBank. Educational programs are supported in part by the Harold C. Schott Foundation.


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