Almost 500 Rembrandt Etchings Now Online [includes slideshow] 1


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The Morgan Library and Museum has announced that it has completed uploading almost 500 files of Rembrandt’s etchings – including rare, multiple versions – and they are now available to view online.

According to the Morgan, “Rembrandt used the process of etching to test concepts and themes, and the digitized works offer the opportunity to explore up-close his use of line, shading, and subject matter.” The prints feature Biblical scenes, self-portraits, and depictions of the Dutch countryside and society in the artist’s day (including both beggars and art patrons). [Hyperallergic]

The project is part of the Morgan’s plan to increase access to its collection and will continue with the “ongoing digitization” of the museum’s 500+ music manuscripts and its collection of nearly 12,000 drawings.

Check out our slideshow with a few of Rembrandt’s etchings below:

* Images from The Morgan Library & Museum via Hyperallergic. Top image: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, “Self Portrait with Saskia” (1636), etching, 104 x 95 mm.


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