MSV Exhibition Presents Works by Rembrandt and Master Printmakers
Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age
Tells the Story of the Most Innovative Time in the History of Printmaking

Winchester, VA 11/08/19…Nearly 60 etchings by Rembrandt and other master printmakers from the 1600s are now on view at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in the special exhibition Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibition runs from November 8 through March 8, 2020.

The year 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), a world-famous Dutch painter and printmaker who produced about three hundred etchings from the 1620s through the 1660s. These etchings were voraciously collected throughout Europe and helped establish Rembrandt’s international reputation well into the 1800s.

According to MSV Director of Exhibitions Corwyn Garman, this exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to see works by one of the greatest and most influential artists in European history. He notes that visitors are encouraged to use magnifying glasses provided by the Museum to examine the intricate works in the exhibition.

Works on view in Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age help tell the story of printmaking in seventeenth-century Holland, viewed by art historians as one of the most innovative periods in the history of printmaking. Etchings in the exhibition illustrate popular themes, such as scenes from everyday life, landscapes, allegories, biblical stories, and portraits. More than a dozen works by or after Rembrandt are on view, as are additional etchings by other Dutch masters of the age.

Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age is a touring exhibition organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

While at the MSV, the exhibition includes four seventeenth-century Dutch paintings from the collection of MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr.  One of these works—A Young Lady Playing the Lute—was painted in 1640 by Dutch artist Gerrit Dou, an early apprentice to Rembrandt.

Several programs have been organized in conjunction with the exhibition, including guided gallery talks on November 10 and 15; a block printing workshop for adults on December 11, a Rembrandt-focused Teen Art Club on January 9, printmaking Gallery Explorers programs (for ages 4+) on January 18 and January 21, and a January 19 Afternoons at the MSV concert featuring Shenandoah Conservatory’s Trombone Quartet performing baroque music composed during Rembrandt’s lifetime.

A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes galleries displaying permanent collections and rotating exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House, seven acres of gardens, and is the future home of The Trails at the MSV, which will provide three miles of trails for walking, running, or biking. The galleries and exhibitions are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December. The MSV is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January through March). Admission fee information and details about programs organized in conjunction with Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age are available at–END–