thinking on paper

Past exhibition

7 February 2019 – 4 August 2019

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Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death, this collection of rarely seen prints and drawings offered a new view of this Old Master's ingenuity.

The exhibition revealed the immediacy and personal nature of his prints and drawings which, unlike his paintings, were usually made on his own initiative.

Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) is among the best-loved artists in the world. The British Museum has one of the greatest collections of Rembrandt's works on paper and a selection of these treasures were exhibited to mark this milestone anniversary.

Thematic displays of self-portraits, landscapes, portraits and biblical scenes showcased his artistic development and working methods, while chronological comparisons revealed how he tirelessly pushed boundaries.

Comprising 65 prints and drawings, this stunning exhibition highlighted Rembrandt's technical and creative ingenuity on paper.