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Rembrandt: The Experimental Etcher 




Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is widely recognised as one of the greatest etchers in the history of the medium, having produced some 300 etchings often with the addition of drypoint and engraving.

His prints were conceived and executed as independent works of art, not as reproductions of his paintings.

This exhibition is a showcase of 20 of his etchings drawn from the Bishop Monrad collection, and feature typical religious subjects, daily Amsterdam life and portraits, including a self-portrait of the artist himself.







Bishop Monrad was prime minister and a high ranking churchman in Denmark, but left his country due to his sense of responsibility for the defeat of Denmark in the Danish-Prussian war of 1864, emigrating to New Zealand.

The family brought with them a library of books and works of art including etchings and engravings by Rembrandt, Dürer and Van Dyck.

Upon their return to Denmark three years later, the collection of 600 prints was donated to the New Zealand Government, which became the founding collection of the National Art Gallery (now the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa ).

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