From the website of the Rembrandt 400 Foundation
This final of the three Rembrandt exhibitions staged by De Lakenhal is devoted to etchings and drawings. In addition, it is the first one on Rembrandt’s landscapes. This is the very first exhibition which combines Rembrandt’s famous landscape etchings and landscape drawings with the few landscape paintings by him which have been preserved.
Reality of fantasy?
In his earliest painted landscapes Rembrandt did not realistically register the world around him. Rather, they depicted scenes as he imagined them. This is in contrast with what Rembrandt drew. His fantasy created combinations of landscapes and architectural elements. Paintings, drawings and etchings show this rather unknown aspect of Rembrandt’s oeuvre. These works confirm Rembrandt’s reputation as a great master of light and shadow.
2006 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt van Rijn in Leiden. His hometown is celebrating the occasion with lots of activities. Throughout the year, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal is organizing three special Rembrandt exhibitions, supplemented by an introductory presentation about his life and work in Leiden and expositions of modern artists who have been inspired by Rembrandt.
Rembrandt’s mother (16 December 2005-19 March 2006)
Rembrandt the narrator: etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection (13 April-3 September 2006)
Rembrandt’s landscapes (6 October 2006-7 January 2007)
Kassel, Staatliche Museen Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (23 June-17 September 2006)
Leiden, Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal (6 October 2006-1 January 2007)