Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness showcases Norwich Castle’s collection of 93 prints and one drawing by Rembrandt alongside select loans from the British Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, National Gallery, and Royal Collection.
According to Dr. Francesca Vanke, curator of the exhibition,”this is the first time Norwich Castle’s extraordinary collection of etchings by Rembrandt has been exhibited as a group for more than thirty years. The exhibition demonstrates how Rembrandt’s handling of light and darkness, expressed purely through the medium of black lines and the white space around them, was unsurpassed.”
Three oil paintings: A Woman in Bed from the National Galleries of Scotland, Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb from the Royal Collection and Anna and the Blind Tobit from the National Gallery have generously been loaned to Norwich for this exhibition. The British Museum has also loaned a chalk and wash drawing The Angel preventing Abraham from Sacrificing his Son Isaac, together with four prints. It is highly unlikely that these works have ever been exhibited together before.