NH: Manchester

Hendrick Goltzius, The Captain of the Infantry, 1587, Museum Purchase: The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund, 2010.26.7.

WHERE: Currier Museum of Art.

WHEN: Opens Saturday, September 29, 2012.

TITLE: Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt

BRIEF ABOUT: Viewers of this exhibition will explore the rich culture and history of the Netherlands in the 17th-century when printmaking played a central role in the Dutch Golden Age and made art accessible to a much wider group of people than ever before.

     Going on display are prints and etchings by more than a dozen artists including Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) and his contemporaries:  Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) and Jan Dirkszoon Both (1618-1652).

     Goltzius had a profound influence on Rembrandt, the artist known as the towering genius of Western art, a master of light and shadow whose 17th-century Dutch paintings, drawings and prints have placed him among the greatest creative talents of all time. His prints are respected for their ingenious storytelling, technical mastery and inventive figural compositions such as his rendering of a model military officer in The Captain of the Infantry. His ten prints depicting the Passion of Christ are a high watermark of visual story telling.

 

Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt, The Death of the Virgin, 1639, Museum Purchase: The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund.

    On this day, it is also Smithsonian Museum Day where visitors to museums across the country (including the Currier) get in for free with a ticket printed from the website smithsonianmag.com..

MORE DETAILS: For additional programming, see www.currier.org  or call 603.669.6144.

Editor’s note: The Currier Museum of Art is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. Galleries showcase the collection of more than 11,000 objects, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, O’Keeffe and Warhol as well as engaging traveling exhibitions, a series of dynamic programs ranging from music to lectures to hands-on art-making, an expanded gift shop and an airy café filled with light and equipped with WiFi. In addition, CMA owns the Zimmerman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with the original furnishings and the owners’ fine art collection.  The Zimmerman House is the only Wright-designed house in New England, and is open for public tours from April through mid-January.




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