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Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

The Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, which will showcase about 100 prints from Rembrandt van Rijn’s career spanning from 1625 to 1665 — an exceptional collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

While the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt’s prints, several paintings and drawings also will be on view to provide additional context about his creative process. Unforgettable images of biblical, portrait, allegory, still life, landscape and genre artworks of the time demonstrate the mastery that cemented Rembrandt as one of the greatest artists in history. The exhibition, coinciding with the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death (1606–1669), will give a deeper understanding of his artistic journey and working habits.

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker will take a close look at Rembrandt’s innovative approach to printmaking that combined the three principle methods of intaglio, including etching, drypoint and engraving. The exhibition will present new scholarship about the artist, revealing how Rembrandt intentionally varied the states of his prints, ink and exotic papers to create rarities that he knew his clients desired, demonstrating how he deliberately manipulated his prints for marketing and storytelling purposes.