Rembrandt and the Passion
Exhibition considers Entombment Sketch in relation to Rembrandt's other work
Rembrandt might be a household name but whenever there is an opportunity to stand in front of his work it brings a renewed understanding of what a master he was in portraying the human condition. This prolific Dutch artist had a disciplined printmaking practice and his etchings no doubt informed his painting style of creating dramatic contrasts between light and shadow.
The exhibition has at its centre a painting owned by the Hunterian: Rembrandt’s ‘Entombment Sketch’ – a preparatory monochrome oil sketch that he made for a series of paintings of the Passion of Christ commissioned by the Prince of Orange. It fleshes out his modus operandi, influences, studio practice and provides scientifically accurate information about the works that are about 400 years old.
Some works by other artists that informed Rembrandt’s own are also on show and gives an impression of his ‘kunst caemer’ – a cabinet of curiosities which housed books, rare objects and a vast collection of prints and drawings by earlier masters such as Mantegna, Raphael, Dirck Barendsz and Rubens.
Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow, until Sun 2 Dec