William Unger (1837-1932) after Rembrandt
Detail of Self-portrait in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1906
Etching with aquatint, 57 x 53.8 cm.
Sibiu, National Brukenthal Museum
Print cabinet of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest
Maria Ordeanu, curator of prints and drawings, National Brukenthal Museum
In honour of the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, the Brukenthal National Museum Sibiu presents the exhibition Rembrandt, master of shadow and light. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with The Print cabinet of the Romanian Academy, that owns the largest collection of Rembrandt’s prints in Romania. 100 etchings have been selected, exploring the great sense of drama and virtuosity of Rembrand’s art, as one of the greatest printmakers of all time. The collection of The Brukenthal National Museum gives the opportunity of an approach to the creation of the famous master of the 17th century, by the means of the reproductive prints of Adam Bartsch, William Unger and Charles Townley.
The Baron Brukenthal (1721-1803) shared the interest of the collectors of Enlightenment Europe for Rembrandt’s work, in his collection being present some old copies after the paintings of the celebrated master and several paintings of Rembrandt’s pupils and followers.
A catalogue by Maria Ordeanu and Catalina Macovei accompanies the exhibition. Within the exhibition there is going to be a multimedia program coordinated by Sanda Iordachescu, that includes Dutch documentaries and baroque music that have been put at the disposal of The Brukenthal Museum by the courtesy of The Royal Netherlands Embassy.