Rembrandt and the Passion (4 stars)

Exhibition considers Entombment Sketch in relation to Rembrandt's other work

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Rembrandt and the Passion

Rembrandt - Entombment Sketch

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

Rembrandt and the Passion

Rembrandt van Rijn was the greatest of Dutch painters. Between 1632 and 1646 he did a series of paintings of the Passion, commissioned by Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange. One of them is the centrepiece of this major exhibition, the so-called Entombment Sketch, which is not really a sketch but a finished painting. The…

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