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Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings

February 6 - May 13, 2018
In Stern Gallery West

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etchings

February 6 - May 13, 2018
In Stern Gallery West

Treasured for their technical innovation and perceptive portrayal of the human psyche, Rembrandt’s etchings in university and college art collections in the United States have long inspired curatorial research, technical investigation, and multidisciplinary teaching approaches. This exhibition examines the scope and the subtlety of Rembrandt as a printmaker who employed a wide range of subject matter, processes, and materials. Etchings by 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 technical and scientific approaches, such as the analysis of watermarks in the paper on which the etchings were printed.

Organized in conjunction with Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings includes stellar impressions of Rembrandt’s etchings on loan from Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Vassar, Syracuse, Yale, the University of Kansas, the Morgan Library & Museum, and private collections. The exhibition is curated jointly by Oberlin’s Curator of European and American Art Andaleeb Badiee Banta and Andrew C. Weislogel, the Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47 Curator of Earlier European and American Art at Cornell.

The accompanying catalogue presents new research on initiatives that examine the enduring status of Rembrandt as a printmaker and the multivalent nature of his works. It includes an overview of the history of Rembrandt prints in American academic collections, a documented account of the Allen Memorial Art Museum's secret guardianship of the Morgan Library & Museum’s collection of Rembrandt etchings during World War II, and an introduction to Cornell University’s Watermark Identification in Rembrandt Etchings (WIRE) project, which is dedicated to digitally facilitating access to Rembrandt watermark scholarship. Available for $30, the catalogue may be purchased on this website under the "about" tab.

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Allen Memorial Art Museum Closed for the Summer

Starting May 27, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will close for the summer in the lead up to the completion of Oberlin College and Conservatory's Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP). Learn More