All the Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum.
2019 marks the 350th Anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn, the greatest master of the Dutch Golden Age. All the Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum 15 February – June 10.
As well as holding the world’s largest collection of Rembrandt paintings – including The Night Watch, the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, The Jewish Bride – the Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s most comprehensive and representative overview of Rembrandt’s painting oeuvre.
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Three Trees, 1643
Unparalleled perspective on Rembrandt the artist, the human, the storyteller, the innovator.
Given the extreme rarity that many of these delicate drawings and prints go on display, All the Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to glean an unparalleled perspective on Rembrandt.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait, c. 1628 Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661
The recent acquisition of the spectacular marriage portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit means the Rijksmuseum’s collection of Rembrandt paintings is now the largest in the world. With a total of 22 works, from the early Self-Portrait as a Young Man to the later Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, the collection forms a coherent overview of his entire life.
Rembrandt was a gifted storyteller, and his stories are at the heart of the last section of the exhibition.
The Old Testament tales inspired Isaac and Rebecca (the alternative title for The Jewish Bride, c. 1665–1669) and Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661) in which he gives masterful expression to gestures and emotions that are familiar, tangible and intimate. Early depictions of these tales tend to be delicate and refined; later in life Rembrandt used a coarser experimental technique, applying ingenious colour and light effects to further enhance the narrative and draw out its essence.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Nude Woman Resting on a Cushion, c. 1658 Rembrandt van Rijn, Man in Oriental Dress, 1635
The comprehensive collection of drawings encompasses all Rembrandt’s periods and styles, and includes numerous exceptional drawings from his early period. The Rijksmuseum will show only the most beautiful and finest of Rembrandt’s 1300 prints. The 17th-century prints are exceedingly fragile and rarely displayed in public.
The highlight of the collection of Rembrandt’s paintings is his greatest masterpiece, The Night Watch.
All the Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum will explore different aspects of Rembrandt’s life and work through a number of themes. The first section presents the milestones of his career as a young artist; when Rembrandt looks at himself in the mirror, the viewer looks over his shoulder. A close examination of Rembrandt’s many self-portraits reveals his growth as an artist of incomparable talent.
The second section of the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt’s surroundings and the people in his life. As a young man Rembrandt honed his craft by painting portraits of his mother, his family and acquaintances. He even made a powerful portrait of his wife Saskia as she lay ill in bed. The artist was also fascinated by the wider world around him: the beggars, the buskers, the vagrants, the actors. He drew and painted countless portraits of the people he encountered.
Tickets for the exhibition will go on sale through the Rijksmuseum website. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the regular admission price to the museum.