Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt will feature prints and etchings by more than a dozen artists including Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) and his contemporaries Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) and Jan Dirkszoon Both (1618-1652). Goltzius had a profound influence on Rembrandt, the artist known as the towering genius of Western art, a master of light and shadow whose 17th-century Dutch paintings, drawings and prints have placed him among the greatest creative talents of all time. Goltzius’ prints are respected for their ingenious storytelling, technical mastery and inventive figural compositions such as his rendering of a model military officer in The Captain of the Infantry. His ten prints depicting the Passion of Christ are a high watermark of visual story telling.
Historically, prints are important because their relative affordability provided the middle class with an opportunity to acquire fine works of art, while also providing working artists with an avenue of steady income. Prints are more easily transported than framed paintings, which helped transmit revolutionary artistic ideas from one country to another.
This special exhibition is supported by People’s United Bank and Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.