Information from the museum, 17 January 2012
The exhibition presents the graphic etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn from the unique Rovinsky collection of the State Hermitage Museum. All 55 exhibited works belong to the graphics collection of a Russian Master of laws, Dmitry Rovinsky, and they have never before been seen abroad. The selection of the art pieces and research on the exhibition are based on the research of Doctor Roman Grigoryev. He has researched the materials of the Rembrandt graphics; the reason which made the works of Rembrandt so unique. In addition to the Rovinsky Collection, the exhibition also presents the graphic etchings by the pupils and peers of Rembrandt from the collections of Sinebrychoff Art Museum.
The works of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669) included over 290 graphic etchings. The artist worked with graphics for 40 years to produce, both quantitatively and qualitatively, a unique collection. The graphics include the same themes as the paintings by Rembrandt: biblical and mythological themes as well as other themes from literature. They also feature descriptions about the life of the public, landscapes and portraits, including self-portraits.
Rembrandt: Master of the Copper Plate
Ulla Aartomaa, Ulla Huhtamäki, Heikki Torkkeli
In Finnish and English, 264 pp., paperback
Helsinki (Sinebrychoff Art Museum) 2012
‘The catalogue presents 55 graphic etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn from the unique Dmitry Rovinsky collection of the State Hermitage Museum. Doctor Roman Grigoryev has researched the materials of the Rembrandt graphics; the reason which made the works of Rembrandt so unique.’