Minneapolis Institute of Arts opens Rembrandt in America exhibition

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents Rembrandt in America, an exhibition on view June 24 through September 16, 2012. Featuring rarely seen work from two dozen museums and a few extraordinary private collections, the exhibition traces the arc of Rembrandts career and influence as revealed in fifty paintings. Approximately thirty are bona fide works by the master. All were purchased as authentic Rembrandts for American collections, but modern scholarship has re-attributed some. Others are still debated and the exhibition presents them as open questions for public consideration. “Rembrandt in America” was organized and presented by the MIA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Young Man, 1666, oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 25 3/8 in., Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 31.76.

One of the most important painters in the history of European art, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) is renowned for his uncanny ability to depict light and shadow, capture the emotions of his sitters, and intimately share historical and religious stories. Born in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic (now The Netherlands), Rembrandt spent most of his career in Amsterdam.

The paintings in the exhibition range in time from the artists earliest days as a brash student, to the peak of his popularity as the most fashionable painter in Amsterdam, to his social and financial downfall, during which he created some of his masterpieces. In these paintings one can trace Rembrandts astonishing artistic development and deepening understanding of humanity.

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