Master, virtuoso, genius, star: synonyms for Rembrandt are just as varied as his art, which captivates people worldwide. Why is this? The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the National Gallery Prague explore this question in their exhibition Inside Rembrandt • 1606-1669. Composed like a Baroque drama with prologue, 5 acts, intermezzo and epilog it delves into the world of the Dutch artist and reveals an eventful, and at times dramatic life, coloured by tragedy and comedy. Alongside the Museums’ major works by Rembrandt van Rijn, the contemplative Scholar in his Study of 1634 in Prague and the mysteriously smiling Self-Portrait of 1662/63 in Cologne the exhibition includes prestigious loans from international collections, like the Metropolitan Museum New York, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the National Gallery Washington, The National Museum Stockholm, the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck or the Princely Collection zu Salm-Salm at Wasserburg Anholt.
As the central work of a selection with more than 100 exhibits – paintings, drawings and prints – the National Gallery Prague is lending its fascinating painting The Scholar in His Study for the first time since 70 years. This masterpiece embodies all the ambition and artistic ability of the painter in the mid 1630s. To create a rounded impression of Rembrandt’s world, the exhibition also presents works by his contemporaries and pupils, such as Jan Lievens, Govert Flinck and Ferdinand Bol.
Inside Rembrandt • 1606-1669 is a collaboration between the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud and the National Gallery Prague. It is curated by Anja K. Sevcik (Cologne) and Blanka Kubíková and Lucie Němečková (Prague) and is held under the patronage of the Dutch Ambassadors to Germany and Czech Republic, Wepke Kingma and Kees J.R. Klompenhouwer,.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with essays by Anja K. Sevcik, Laura E. Thiel-Convery, Wayne Franits, Blanka Kubíková and Lucie Němečková as well as entries to all exhibits with contributions by CODART members Peter van den Brink, Lara Yeager-Crasselt, Leonore van Sloten, Justus Lange, Gero Seelig, Sandra-Kristin Diefenthaler and Marcus Dekiert. As a special feature a childrens’ cartoon book Rembrandt and the Frog by Diane Ciesielski and Sebastian Remmert is also published.