Cornell University

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Johnson Museum of Art
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

More than sixty impressions from across Rembrandt’s oeuvre will show the artist’s process, including how he made changes to his plates, and detail his use of a variety of printing supports. Works from the collections of Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Syracuse, and Yale Universities, Oberlin and Vassar Colleges, the University of Kansas, the Morgan Library & Museum, and private collections will feature subject matter ranging from portraits and self-portraits to genre scenes, religious narratives, landscapes, study plates, and academic nude studies.

The accompanying catalogue (October 2017) incorporates new research and initiatives that examine the status of the printmaker, including an overview of Rembrandt print collecting by American academic collections, an account of Oberlin’s secret guardianship of the Morgan’s Rembrandt prints during World War II, and an introduction to Cornell’s Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings (WIRE) project, a collaboration among museums, faculty, and students dedicated to digitally facilitating access to Rembrandt watermark scholarship.

Lines of Inquiry has been organized in collaboration with the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, where it will be on view in 2018.


This exhibition was cocurated by Andrew C. Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at the Johnson, and Andaleeb Badiee Banta, curator of European and American art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Major funding for the exhibition has been provided by Dale Reis Johnson ’58 and Dick Johnson ’57; Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47; Nelson Schaenen, Jr., ’50 and Nancy Schaenen; and Joseph W. Simon and Ernest F. Steiner in honor of Vera C. Simon. Additional support has been provided by Malcolm Whyte ’55 and Karen Whyte, and a gift endowed in memory of Elizabeth Miller Francis ’47.


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Johnson Museum of Art




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