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Rembrandt and his time: masterworks from the Albertina, Vienna

Exhibition: 8 October 2005 - 8 January 2006

Rembrandt, Cottages under a stormy sky, mid-1630s, Vienna, Albertina

Rembrandt, Cottages under a stormy sky, mid-1630s, Vienna, Albertina

Organization

The exhibition is organized for Milwaukee by the Albertina in Vienna

Curator

Marian Bisanz-Prakken, curator of Dutch art at the Albertina
The exhibition is coordinated at the Milwaukee Art Museum by Laurie Winters, curator of earlier European art.

From the museum website

This fall, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents some of the greatest drawings and paintings ever produced by Netherlandish artists in the exhibition Rembrandt and his time: masterworks from the Albertina, Vienna. Including 112 drawings and prints from the Albertina and a number of related paintings, the exhibition explores the pivotal and influential role of Rembrandt as a draftsman in mid-17th-century Holland. Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to see 27 of Rembrandt’s drawings and prints, the largest number of Rembrandt works ever lent by the Albertina. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth in 2006; Milwaukee is the only venue.

Rembrandt is universally accepted as one of the greatest artists of all time, and the works on view demonstrate his exceptional facility as a draftsman with different media. The show includes iconic images such as Child in a small chair with nanny, Three studies of an elephant, and Young woman at her toilet. Dutch landscape is also represented with such important works as Cottages under a stormy sky from the mid-1630s, and View of the Pesthuis from the ramparts from the late 1640s.

Rembrandt’s Landscape with the Good Samaritan, one of only eight landscapes painted by the artist, has never before traveled to North America. Lent by the Czartoryski Museum in Krak√≥w, Poland, this painting belongs to the pivotal midpoint of the artist’s career and provides an excellent point of comparison for the landscape drawings. Other paintings include works by Roelant Savery, Philips Koninck and Willem van de Velde the Younger.

Equally significant are a number of early drawings by Roelant Savery, David Vinckboons, Jacques de Gheyn II, Hendrick Avercamp, Jan van Goyen and Esaias van de Velde that provide the earliest examples of an emerging naturalism. There are also works by Rembrandt’s contemporaries, followers and by later artists whose innovative approach to recording the Dutch world takes the work of Rembrandt a step further. These artists include Jan Lievens, Lambert Doomer, Philips Koninck, Nicolaes Maes, Salomon de Bray, Govaert Flinck and Adriaen van Ostade. Marine themes and Italianate landscapes are also explored as a means of fully explaining Rembrandt’s broad influence.

Sponsor

We Energies and Argosy Foundation