Landscape etchings from the Städel Museum
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669) is world famous to this day as a painter of exceptional portraits and history paintings. Yet there was another subject that also preoccupied him throughout his career: landscape. The Dutch painter addressed himself to this theme not so much in painting, but all the more intensively in drawing and printmaking. From 28 August to 24 November 2013, the Städel Museum presented this key aspect of his oeuvre in the exhibition “Rembrandt. Landscape Etchings from the Städel Museum”. The presentation in the gallery of the Department of Prints and Drawings featured altogether sixty-two works from the holdings of the Frankfurt Museum, including forty-six Rembrandt etchings. The artist’s pure landscape etchings were supplemented in the show by further works. The latter included etched Rembrandt self-portraits, early etchings in which landscapes are depicted in connection with history motifs such as “St Jerome in the Wilderness” or the “Flight into Egypt”, and depictions of Arcadian pastoral scenes which Rembrandt encountered with a perceptible sense of humour. Other prints were likewise presented in the show – engravings, woodcuts and etchings by such artists as Pieter Brueghel the Elder (ca. 1525–1569), Domenico Campagnola (ca. 1500–1564), Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1616), Hercules Seghers (ca. 1590–ca. 1638) or Claude Lorrain (1600–1682) – and moreover placed Rembrandt’s works into the context of his forerunners and contemporaries in the area of landscape in printmaking.
CURATOR: Dr. Martin Sonnabend, Städel Museum