From the museum website
Renowned for his paintings, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is equally famous for the extraordinary creativity in his etchings and drawings. From his teens until his death at age 63, Rembrandt explored in graphic art the most intimate human observations as well as the most formal representations of his own self-portraits; scenes of his family and ordinary life around him; fresh visions of landscape in panorama and in detail; portraits of friends and dignitaries; as well as grand biblical histories and touching reinterpretations of religious stories. The National Gallery of Art has one of this country’s greatest collections of these works. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, the National Gallery presents its masterworks, combined with a few outstanding loans from American private collections.