Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings

Stern Gallery West

February 6 to May 13, 2018

Treasured for their innovation and ability to capture the human psyche, Rembrandt’s etchings in college and university art collections in the United States have long inspired research, technical investigation, and multidisciplinary teaching approaches. This exhibition highlights the scope and subtlety of Rembrandt as an etcher who employed a wide range of subject matter, processes, and materials. Etchings of the 17th century Dutch master are presented through the lenses of connoisseurship, scholarly and public reception, and the history of collection-building, as well as increasingly technical and scientific approaches, such as the study of watermarks.

Organized in conjunction with Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Lines of Inquiry will include stellar Rembrandt impressions from a variety of institutions and private collections. The exhibition is curated jointly by Andrew C. Weislogel, Seymour R. Askin Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and Andaleeb Badiee Banta, curator of American and European art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

At Oberlin, major funding has been provided by members of the museum’s Visiting Committee as well as generous alumni supporters, and grants from the Robert Lehman Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. At Cornell, major funding has been provided by Seymour R. Askin Jr.; Nelson Schaenen Jr., and Nancy Schaenen; Dale Reis Johnson and Dick Johnson; and Joseph W. Simon and Ernest F. Steiner in honor of Vera C. Simon.

St. Francis Beneath a Tree Praying (1657)
R.T. Miller Jr. Fund, 1952.31