The Frick Collection held an exhibition of thirteen works by Rembrandt as part of a series of exhibitions of drawings and prints belonging to The Frick Collection. Three drawings acquired by Henry Clay Frick in 1913 were included, as well as ten prints purchased between 1915 and 1919.
Rembrandt van Rijn
All of the Rembrandt prints in The Frick Collection were on display for the first time in many years. Freshly cleaned, restored, and mounted in new mats, the prints offer brilliant testimony to Rembrandt’s intensity and range of expression and to his virtuoso mastery of the etching technique. The eleven prints included religious subjects, portraits, and landscapes.
The chronology of Rembrandt's print production has been linked to his usage of batches of paper, each identified by the presence of a specific watermark or its twin. Using a decision tree strategy and a chainspace match comparison, the Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings (WIRE) Project at Cornell has developed a computer-based interrogatory allowing identification of the watermark from a Rembrandt print among more than 500 possibilities in a matter of minutes. Observations having art-historical impact can be gleaned from watermark identification in Rembrandt's etchings.
Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow, introduces the exhibition Divine Encounter: Rembrandt's Abraham and the Angels, on view at The Frick Collection from May 30, 2017, through August 20, 2017.
The story of Abraham from the book of Genesis is replete with encounters with God and his angels. For Rembrandt, these episodes offered distinct opportunities for exploring the nature of divine presence and its perception. Presented by the curator of Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels, this lecture addresses the artist’s evolving interest in the Abraham narrative, its psychological content, and the experience of revelation.
This lecture is made possible by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.