Rembrandt Van Rijn

SORDID AND SACRED:
THE BEGGARS IN REMBRANDT'S ETCHINGS

Selections from the John Villarino Collection


NATIONAL MUSEUM TOUR
2016-2018

Introduction - Exhibition Facts
Tour Schedule

Exhibition Essay by Gary Schwartz
Images of All Works
Images of Works with Frames
List of Works

Installation Views
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC


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SORDID AND SACRED: THE BEGGARS IN REMBRANDT'S ETCHINGS Selections from the John Villarino Collection is now being made available for circulation to museums through 2009. The exhibition features 36 rare etchings by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (1606-1669) executed between 1629 and 1654. Widely recognized as the greatest practitioner of the etching technique in the history of art, Rembrandt created 300 prints that constitute a body of work unparalleled in richness and beauty.

Rembrandt repeatedly chose beggars as the subject for his etchings. Dutch author, art historian, and editor of: THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS OF REMBRANDT, Dover Publications, NY, 1994, Gary Schwartz, in his essay for the exhibition catalogue, writes “The image of the beggar in Netherlandish art was no better than in society as a whole. It would not then have been out of line with the convictions of his society, with Netherlandish artistic tradition or classical art theory, had Rembrandt depicted beggars as contemptible or loathsome creatures. Indeed, some of his work fits perfectly well into this picture."

However, many of Rembrandt's etchings are of biblical scenes with biblical figures portrayed as beggars. Schwartz writes, “This kind of crossover between street life and sacred history matches a pattern that is found elsewhere in Rembrandt's work. Mean and sordid though they may have been in life and in art theory, in Rembrandt's etchings beggars are bestowed with sanctity and individuality.”

He continues. “This constellation of images and of markets - from the pennies paid for small etchings of beggars to the veritable fortunes Rembrandt earned for paintings for the stadholder - shows how essential Rembrandt's etchings of beggars were in his formative years as an artist. The way he imagined the beggar is inextricable from the way he imagined himself, the way he imagined Christ, the way he conceived of imagery itself.”

The high regard for the work of Rembrandt stems from his originality and imagination, his profound sympathy with his subjects, the boldness of his system of light and shade, the thoroughness of his modeling, his subtle color, and above all his intense humanity. He was gifted in conception and in execution, a poet as well as a painter, an idealist and also a realist.

The works come from the John Villarino Collection of Los Angeles, CA, Villarino’s initial focus of collecting was classical etchings and lithographs by artists including Toulouse de Lautrec and Pablo Picasso. In 1995 Villarino’s attention was drawn to the work of Rembrandt, and his evident influence on the prints of Lautrec, Picasso, and others. Thus began his passion for collecting Rembrandt’s sought after lifetime etchings.

T
he exhibition will be available through 2018. Please see the exhibition schedule below. The exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, CA.


Installation Views
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
March 2006






 






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Exhibition Facts

Dates Available:  See schedule below

Contents:             36 framed etchings, text panels, labels

Publications:       An 8 page 81/2 x 11 brochure with the exhibition essay

Space Req:         120 running feet approx.

Loan Fee:             Price on request  

Insurance:           Exhibitor responsible 

Shipping:              Exhibitor responsible 

Req:                      Appropriate security

Contact:              Jeffrey Landau -310-397-3098 - jlandau@a-r-t.com

 

 

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Tour Schedule
updated 6/30/16

2016

OPEN

October 1, 2016 - January 4, 2017
Hudgens Center for the Arts
Duluth, GA

2017

Jan 31 - April 21
OPEN

May 15 - October 15
Sangre de Christo Art Center
Pueblo, CO

November 1 - December 31
OPEN

2018

January 1 - March 15
OPEN

April 7 - June 24
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Newport New, VA

July 15 - December 31
OPEN

2019

January 1 - Feb 7
OPEN

March 1 - June 22
Alexandria Museum of Art
OPEN

July 15 - December 31
OPEN

2020

OPEN

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Introduction
Exhibition Essay by Gary Schwartz
Exhibition Facts
Images of All Works
Images of Works with Frames
List of Works

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