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Rembrandt as an experimental and innovative printmaker

Lecture: 3 March 2015

Rembrandt as an experimental and innovative printmaker – Lecture by Dr. Erik Hinterding (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

March 3, 2015, 7 p.m., Frankfurter Goethe-Haus

Rembrandt probably is the greatest etcher of all times. His innovative approach to printmaking and experimental technique transformed the art of etching for all future generations. He perfected a new way to develop his prints in small steps, never seen before, and is famous for the effective way he used light to organize his compositions. One of his most important innovations is the way he explored to use drypoint to get tonal, painterly effects. Combining etching and drypoint techniques he was able to achieve stunning tonal effects, completely unheard of at the time. These effects he enhanced by printing his etchings on tinted oriental papers, or even on expensive vellum.

What exactly is it that makes Rembrandt such a good printmaker? In his lecture Erik Hinterding will address this question, and discuss and show how Rembrandt made his etchings, and the novelties he introduced in comparison with his predecessors. There will be a mild focus on the later, more experimental works. In relationship to the exhibition, he will also briefly go into how the important collection of Rembrandt prints in Weimar came about, and what role Goethe played in its genesis.

4,- € / free admission for members Freies Deutsches Hochstift

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