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50 of Rembrandt's finest prints on display at the Lady Lever Gallery tomorrow; Exhibition highlights include the artist's earliest known self-portrait dating.

Byline: Laura Davis

Rembrandt in Print - featuring 50 of the world famous artist's finest etchings and drypoints - opens at theLady LeverArt Gallery tomorrow.

This exclusive selection of "the-best-of-the-best" Rembrandt prints have never been displayed together and have been hand-picked to show the full scope of his ability as a printer.

The exhibition coincides with the 350th anniversary of his death - andWirral's year as Borough of Culture.

The works are all on loan from the celebrated collection of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Xanthe Brooke, National Museums Liverpool's curator of art galleries, said: "This is an exemplary collection, and we are thrilled it is first being shown at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

"Visitors to Rembrandt in Print will be able to see Rembrandt's intense self-portraits, atmospheric landscapes, intimate family portraits, biblical stories and confronting nude studies."

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Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) is shown as an unrivalled storyteller through the selection of print works, dating from 1630 to the late 1650s.

Widely hailed as the greatest painter of the Dutch Golden Age, he was also one of the most innovative and experimental printmakers of the 17th century.

Exhibition highlights include the artist's earliest known self-portrait dating from 1630, his only still-life print, The Shell (1650), and iconic works such as The Three Trees (1643) and The Windmill (1641).

Perhaps the most remarkable print on display is Christ Presented to the People (Ecce Homo) (1655), considered to be the pinnacle of Rembrandt's printmaking.

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One of only eight first state impressions of the image in existence in the world, it was printed on rare Japanese paper that Rembrandt must have sourced via the Dutch East India Company, which had exclusive access to Japan through the harbour in Nagasaki.

An Van Camp, curator, Ashmolean Museum, said: "He created extraordinary prints by using existing techniques in his own artistic and innovative way.

"His prints range from squiggly, drawing-like sketches to more pictorial, heavily-hatched compositions.

"While apparently quite diverse at first sight, all Rembrandt's printed works are characterised by his talent for storytelling and his keen observational skills.

"His subjects are steeped in drama, adding atmosphere to views of the Dutch countryside or imbuing Biblical scenes with lively characters."

Rembrandt in Print opens at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, in Port Sunlight, tomorrow. The exhibition runs until September 15, 2019.


Credit: [c] Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Self portrait etching at a window, Rembrandt (1648)

Credit: [c] Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The Three Trees, Rembrandt, (1643)

Credit: [c] Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Christ presented to the people, Rembrandt, (1655)

Credit: [c] Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

The Shell, Rembrandt (1650) [c] Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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