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Historias de Rembrandt

Rembrandt, painter of stories Exhibition: 15 October 2008 - 6 January 2009

From the museum website

Of the great masters of European painting, Rembrandt is one of the least well represented in the Museo del Prado, which has only one work by his hand, the Artemisia (1634). For this reason, the Museum has decided to organise an exhibition that will allow the public to see more of the work of this remarkable artist. It includes around 30 paintings and five prints loaned from leading European and American museums and will focus on the subject of Rembrandt as a narrative painter. Although the artist was a great portrait and landscape painter, his activities as a history painter reveal particularly clearly the way in which his art continued the tradition of European Renaissance painting, while also allowing us to appreciate its originality. It is precisely this aspect of Rembrandt’s art that best connects – and at the same time contrasts with – the pictorial tradition represented by the Museo del Prado. It will therefore be extremely interesting to see his works displayed alongside those of other the artists who were his principal sources of inspiration, particularly Titian and Rubens. In addition, visitors can analyse Rembrandt’s response to these sources alongside works by Velázquez that again respond to that tradition, to which the Spanish artist was also heir.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Alexander Vergara and Mariët Westermann and entries by Vergara and Teresa Posada.