NCMA - Rembrandt in America

Start Date:

October 30, 2011

End Date:

January 22, 2012



Rembrandt in America is the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings ever presented in an American exhibition and the first major exhibition to explore in depth the collecting history of Rembrandt paintings in America. The NCMA is the only East Coast venue for this exceptional show that features works of art from across the United States, including some of the finest paintings residing in American collections. NCMA Curator of Northern European Art Dennis P. Weller serves as a co-curator of this must-see exhibition, which has been more than five years in the making.

While the primary focus of the exhibition is on the history of Rembrandt collecting in America, the show also explores his work across various genres, his artistic evolution, and his influence on other artists of the day. Included in this exhibition are a number of significant portraits from Rembrandt’s prosperous early career in Amsterdam as the city’s most sought-after portrait painter, as well as character studies, historical and biblical scenes, and three of his celebrated self-portraits. In addition, the exhibition features a gallery with Rembrandt catalogues since the mid-19th century. Visitors will also get a glimpse into the world of conservation with a painting on loan from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Consisting of about 50 paintings, the exhibition brings together 27 autograph paintings by Rembrandt as well as others thought to be by the master when they entered American collections but whose attributions can no longer be maintained. These include paintings by Dutch masters Jan Lievens and Govert Flinck.

Rembrandt in America not only investigates the overall issue of collecting Rembrandts in America but also the collecting history of some of the works in the NCMA’s collection. In the 1950s Museum director and Rembrandt expert William Valentiner recommended the acquisition of two paintings then thought to be by Rembrandt. Since their acquisition, however, the paintings have been reattributed to other artists. This exhibition is the first to examine these paintings within the larger context of attribution and collecting Rembrandts during the 20th century.

Many exhibitions devoted to Rembrandt’s paintings were held in 2006, during the 400-year anniversary of the artist’s birth; however, Rembrandt in America is unique in offering visitors a rare opportunity to envision the evolving opinions of scholars and collectors regarding what constituted an autograph Rembrandt painting over a period of more than a century.

The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue explore the often-controversial issues of collecting and attribution, with a focus on individual paintings where these two related topics intersect.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great exhibit. Thanks to NCMA I didn't miss out and went with a nice group of people.

    December 12, 2011

  • Kim L.

    WE all had a great time . My thanks to the organizers.

    December 12, 2011

  • Jon R.

    I have requested one. If we can not get one, but you have a smartphone you can listen to an audio guide via the web (headphones might be handy) or you can download a file to your ipod from this site

    December 10, 2011

  • Carla

    Is this a guided tour where one of the museum employees takes us around? I always enjoy tours that have an educational guide.

    December 10, 2011

  • Jon R.

    @Alice- I'll be right out front in the gravel area where the tables and chairs are about at about 215. For those that get there a little early we'll sit and talk while we wait a few minutes for those that may be a few minutes late. :)

    December 9, 2011

  • Alice

    Is there a specific time and place to meet so we can go through together?

    December 5, 2011

  • Jon R.

    I think the 25th might be a tough day for some people with the holidays and all. But yeah if anybody goes with one of those other groups by all means let us know what you think. Point out areas of interest for you. :)

    November 21, 2011

  • Lauren

    There are 3 other Meetup groups visiting this exhibit on the evening of Fri., Nov. 25th. You could plan to attend on the same date and make it a mega-meetup party. Some are having dinner at the restaurant (Iris) in the museum that evening, also.

    November 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be taking a 6 week course at the NCMA starting next week. I will get inormation on the best time to see this exhibit.

    September 6, 2011

  • Jon R.

    I'm posting this event without a date because I haven't selected what I think would be the best date to go but I wanted everyone to know that Rembrandt is coming the NCMA. If you don't get to go with us as a group once we select a date, please take the time go at some point. It will be an amazing exhibit! And we really lucked out because the NCMA is it's only stop on the entire east coast.

    September 6, 2011

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