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Rembrandt Magnified: Print Images from a Master

August 25 - December 31, 2006

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt Harmensz, van Rijn with an exhibition of eight intimate, gem-like Rembrandt prints from the CRMA's permanent collection---the first exhibition of its kind at the CRMA.

While known as a master painter-- having created such works as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes (1632); The Night Watch (1642); Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer (1653); The Return of the Prodigal Son (after 1660); and many self-portraits---Rembrandt is also considered to be one of the greatest printmakers of all time. He created more than 300 prints and was one of the first artists to experiment with etching and drypoint techniques.

The selection of eight works presented by the CRMA provides access points to life and viewpoints in the 17th century. From religious images of Joseph or Tobit, filled with anecdotal details, to images of a street pancake maker or the emergent middle class, Rembrandt's prints glorify the common and elevate the mundane into great works of art. This exhibition examines the artist's remarkable ability to use line, light, and dramatic composition to explore all aspects of the human condition.

In addition to substantive enlargements that accentuate the richness of detail in the eight prints, each work will be accompanied by a magnifying glass designed to encourage the viewer to look more closely at these precious treasures.





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