The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 23, 2014


Norton Simon Announces The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt
Rembrandt van Rijn, (Dutch, 1606–1669), Abraham Francen, Apothecary, c.1657. Etching, drypoint, burin; State VII, plate: 6-1/4 x 8-3/16 in. (15.9 x 20.8 cm); sheet: 6-5/8 x 8-5/16 in. (16.8 x 21.1 cm) Norton Simon Art Foundation.
PASADENA, CA.- The Norton Simon Museum presents The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt, an exhibition of 15 etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). Rembrandt’s prominence as a painter of portraits, particularly those of the merchants and burghers of Amsterdam, is well known. But the artist’s etched prints also have a place and purpose in recording the visages of his contemporaries. A skilled, innovative printmaker, Rembrandt embraced etching as a means of expression and experimentation. The artworks in The Familiar Face illustrate the artist’s keen power of observation as well as his gift for drama and humor.

Culled from the Norton Simon’s extensive collection of Rembrandt prints, the artworks on view offer a window to some of the personalities of Rembrandt’s age. Although 17th-century Holland had an active trade in the portraits of politicians, heroes and renowned scholars, the majority of portrait prints made by Rembrandt were not intended for such a market. We know this because his prints do not bear the characteristic etched captions identifying the name and public role of the subject.

Rembrandt’s portrait of Petrus Sylvius in all likelihood was commissioned as a memento for Sylvius’s friends and family in Amsterdam. Sylvius, a newly ordained preacher, was about to depart for his first ministry in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands. Another work, an etching of Jan Uytenbogaert, “The Goldweigher,” is presumed to have been produced by the artist as an act of gratitude. Uytenbogaert, the Receiver-General (or tax accountant) for the province of Holland, was a collector of prints and drawings, and he hosted many painters and poets in his Amsterdam house. In 1639, he assisted Rembrandt in receiving payment for paintings the artist had completed for Frederick Henry, the Prince of Orange. Perhaps not coincidentally, Uytenbogaert’s portrait etching bears the date 1639.

Several etched examples of Rembrandt’s self-portraits are also included in the exhibition. A composition from 1636 depicts a confident 30-year-old Rembrandt drawing, with his wife, Saskia, alongside him. Twelve years later, he portrayed himself again at work, but more reflectively, sitting in a shadow-filled interior illuminated only by an open window.

Together, the 15 works presented in The Familiar Face shed light on Rembrandt’s world and introduce us to some of his friends, family members and contemporaries. The exhibition addresses the function of these portrait prints, whether they were commissioned, created at the artist’s initiative, or perhaps done as a meditation on the visage of a loved one. Biographies of the sitters are included when known.

The Familiar Face, organized by Gloria Williams Sander, Curator at the Norton Simon Museum, is one of several exhibitions held this winter to celebrate the wealth of Rembrandt’s works in Southern California museum collections. Rembrandt exhibitions are also being presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Timkin Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

The Norton Simon Museum | The Familiar Face | Rembrandt | Gloria Williams Sander |




Today's News

October 7, 2009

Over 120 Rarely Exhibited Letters by and to Vincent van Gogh on View

Musée du Quai Branly Opens Exhibition of the Legendary Teotihuacan

LACMA Announces First Exhibition Devoted to Renoir's Late Work

Sotheby's Achieves US$4,680,000 for Sanyu's Masterpiece

Exhibition at Pinacotheque de Paris Focuses on the Dutch 17th Century

Large-Scale Wall Installation by the Artist Chitra Ganesh at P.S. 1

Advocacy Program World Monuments Fund Announces 2010 Watch List

Green Day's Sell Out UK Tour Accompanied by Shoreditch Art Exhibition

Salvador Dalí Exhibition Leaves Melbourne a Huge Success

Norton Simon Announces The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt

Obamas Decorate White House with Modern and Abstract Works of Art

Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection Opens

Exhibition Featuring Luo Ping Goes on View at Metropolitan Museum

South Africa's Fantastic Landscapes and People Glow in Bonhams Autumn Sale

Sotheby's to Present for the First Time Arab and Iranian Art in Its Main Contemporary Art Auction

Theodor Dalenson and Dimitris Daskalopoulos Elected to Board of Trustees of Guggenheim Foundation

Looted Artifacts on Display at Afghan Museum

Galerie Van den Akker to Exhibit Sixteen Sculptures by Artist Pamela Sunday

Fountain in New York's Landmark Lincoln Center Restored

I. M. Pei to Receive the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

Collectors Named as Suspects in California Art Heist

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



The Norton Simon Museum Presents an Artwork by John Cage

Norton Simon Museum to Present Raphael's The Small Cowper Madonna

Norton Simon Announces Exhibition of Lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly

Exhibition of Portrait Prints by Rembrandt Opens at the Norton Simon Museum



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site