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Rembrandt: Etchings from the Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

25 June to 14 September 2008

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In the modern world Rembrandt Van Rijn’s reputation rests largely on his magnificent paintings, which are amongst the most treasured possessions of the great art museums of the world. Like Albrecht Dürer before him, he was not just a great painter but also a graphic artist of outstanding ability. He was a dedicated draughtsman of the highest skill and printmaker of enormous inventiveness and verve. In his lifetime his reputation was spread far and wide by the quality of his prints, which were avidly collected.

The Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam (Museum het Rembrandthuis) not only preserves the house where Rembrandt lived when he was at the height of his fame and fortune but it is also a centre for the collection, preservation and study of Rembrandt’s works and especially of his etchings and dry points. The Chester Beatty Library holds an important collection of European prints, including those produced in the 18th Century by the Irishman, Captain Baillie which exploited some of the surviving Rembrandt plates.

The Rembrandthuis and the Chester Beatty Library are pleased to bring you this collection of seventy five of Rembrandt’s best prints. The exhibition marks the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship between our two museums as we continue to explore the history of European printmaking.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available from the Library giftshop.

During the course of the exhibition, the Library will also host a series of events, including talks and demonstrations with print artists from the Graphic Studio, Dublin.

Artist Robert Russell will demonstrate the art of etching in the exhibition gallery on the following dates:

Thursday 26 June at 1.10pm
Thursday 17 July at 1.10pm
Thursday 11 September at 1.10pm

(Free - no booking required)

ING Ireland is part of the ING Group, a global financial services company of Dutch origin and a major sponsor of art and culture projects all over the world.