Crawford Art Gallery in Cork to present Rembrandt in Print exhibition


A collection of works by legendary Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn will be on display at the Crawford Art Gallery this week, after being hung for 16 months.

Rembrandt in Print, which runs in the gallery from September 17 to January 9, will feature 50 of the artist’s finest works from the Ashmolean Museum’s world-class collection of over 200 prints and dry prints.

The prints, nearly 400 years old, are perfectly preserved, revealing rich details of the work.

The Crawford Art Gallery is the latest gallery to welcome Rembrandt in Print on its international tour and is the only place in Ireland where the exhibition can be viewed. The exhibition is free to the public and can be viewed daily.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is best known for his self-portraits and scenes from everyday life.

The exhibit includes a range of such images such as intimate family studies, a selection of real-life nudes, and carefully detailed figures seen on the streets, including beggars, peasants, Ringball players, and the loathsome Rat Catcher. (1632).

An extensive educational program from the gallery’s learning and exploration team will accompany this exhibition in order to introduce a new generation of young visitors to the work of the famous Dutch master.

In collaboration with Cork Printmakers, a print studio will be set up in the Crawford Art Gallery to explore the tools, processes and practice of contemporary printmaking.

Presented alongside Rembrandt in Print, it will recreate an engraving workshop at the heart of the gallery and will be accompanied by workshops and online resources.

Ashmolean curator An Van Camp said the collection of works is the “best of the best” in Rembrandt’s collection of prints.

“He created extraordinary prints using existing techniques in his artistic and innovative way. His prints range from wavy sketches resembling drawings to more painterly, heavily hatched compositions, ”said the curator.

“Although apparently quite diverse at first glance, all of Rembrandt’s printed works are characterized by his talent for storytelling and his keen eye for observation. His subjects are steeped in drama, adding atmosphere to views of the Dutch countryside or permeating biblical scenes of living characters.

The exhibition was organized by the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford and is presented through a partnership between the gallery and Dutch airlines KLM.

The Irish Examiner is also the official media partner of the exhibition and will feature print and online coverage of the learning and exploration program.


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