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Rembrandt creates Rembrandt: art and ambition in Leiden, 1629-1631

Exhibition: 23 September 2000 - 7 January 2001

From the website of, 1 March 2009

Ten paintings, including the Gardner’s early Self Portrait, and ten etchings from collections in the United States and Europe will illuminate Rembrandt’s evolving painting and etching styles as well as his self identity as he sought to place himself at the forefront of the artistic scene in the Netherlands and beyond between 1629 and 1631. The exhibition will reevaluate the young Rembrandt in context of the artistic, economic, intellectual, and cultural influences of the time, as well as explore the innovative painting and etching techniques he used during this period.

The Gardner offers this exploration of Rembrandt’s work as part of a commitment to scholarship and the exploration of new ways of looking at Rembrandt. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum will offer several lectures and a scholarly symposium that will examine more closely aspects of Rembrandt’s art. On October 14, the Museum will host Rethinking Rembrandt, a scholarly symposium. Alan Chong will give an Eye of the Beholder lecture entitled “Rembrandt, Cinematographer” on Thursday, November 30, at 6:30 p.m.


Rembrandt creates Rembrandt: art and ambition in Leiden, 1629-1631
Alan Chong and Hilliard Goldfarb, editors, with essays by Christopher White, Arthur Kingsland Wheelock Jr., Mariët Westermann
144 pp.
Boston (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and Zwolle (Waanders) 2000
ISBN 90-400-9468-3 (hardbound)

Related event

Symposium Rethinking Rembrandt, Boston (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)