n the modern world Rembrandt Van Rijn’s reputation rests largely on his magnificent paintings, which are amongst the most treasured possessions of the great art museums of the world. Like Albrecht Dürer before him, he was not just a great painter but also a graphic artist of outstanding ability. He was a dedicated draughtsman of the highest skill and printmaker of enormous inventiveness and verve. In his lifetime his reputation was spread far and wide by the quality of his prints, which were avidly collected.
The Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam (Museum het Rembrandthuis) not only preserves the house where Rembrandt lived when he was at the height of his fame and fortune but it is also a centre for the collection, preservation and study of Rembrandt’s works and especially of his etchings and dry points. The Chester Beatty Library holds an important collection of European prints, including those produced in the 18th Century by the Irishman, Captain Baillie which exploited some of the surviving Rembrandt plates.
The Rembrandthuis and the Chester Beatty Library are pleased to bring you this collection of seventy five of Rembrandt’s best prints. The exhibition marks the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful relationship between our two museums as we continue to explore the history of European printmaking.