Rembrandt the Printmaker

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait leaning on a stone sill, an etching

In around 300 etchings, 90 of which were selected for this exhibition, Rembrandt covered a huge range of styles and subjects, including self-portraits, scenes from the Bible, vignettes of everyday life, landscapes, portraits and character studies. The well-known Hundred Guilder Print, the Three Trees and the Three Crosses are among his most extraordinary creations and continue to inspire artists today.

Exciting new areas of research have opened up in recent years, allowing us not only to follow the progress of Rembrandt's work on each plate, but also revealing how and when he revised the images at various times during his life. The role played by Rembrandt's preparatory drawings and related oil-sketches, several of which are included from collections in Europe and America, is also now better understood, and these new insights are presented to a wider public for the first time.

The exhibition, organized by The British Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, at The British Museum (25 January - 8 April 2001) was supported by the Michael Marks Charitable Trust. This tour features ten of the works in the exhibition as an introduction.