Francesca Herndon-Consagra, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates Rembrandt’s 400th birthday
In celebration of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday, the Saint Louis Art Museum will bring together his famous painting, Self-Portrait of 1669, from The Hague along with over 40 of the best prints from the public and private collections of St. Louis. The hundred guilder print, once owned by a descendant of the artist’s great friend Jan Six and the large Christ presented to the People from the collection of the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth are among the most important of the artist’s impressions on view for the first time together in Rembrandt: master etchings from St. Louis collections, from October 20, 2006 through January 14, 2007. The nature of the celebration encourages investigation into the artist’s biography in the hopes of unraveling some of the mystery and brilliance of these impressions.
A study area in the exhibition will allow viewers to investigate further Rembrandt’s work, including his sources and his market. Prints by Barocci, Callot, and Dürer are juxtaposed with the works by Rembrandt. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.