For the first time the Rijksmuseum will present a major show to Rembrandt’s late work, in Amsterdam, the city where it was created. With 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints, Late Rembrandt presents a comprehensive overview of the artist's work between approximately 1652 and his death in 1669. In collaboration with the National Gallery of London, the artworks in the exhibition are on loan from leading international museums and private collections, many of which have been brought together for the first time.
To coincide with Late Rembrandt, a series of events, including walking tour and boat trip will be organized across Amsterdam to the landmarks where Rembrandt lived and worked including the Rembrandt House Museum (Rembrandthuis) and West Church (Westerkerk) where he was buried.
Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum, said:
This exhibition of a lifetime will reveal to a new generation the mastery of Rembrandt, who is the greatest figure in Dutch art of the Golden Age and perhaps the most famous of all Dutchman.
Against the backdrop of tragic personal losses and ongoing financial difficulties, Rembrandt began experimenting with printing and painting techniques in the later years of his life, producing some of the most distinctive, innovative and daring works of his career. His global reputation was eventually shaped by the late masterworks such as Self-Portrait with Two Circles (Kenwood House, London), the Family Portrait (Herzog Anton Ulrich-museum, Braunschweig), Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Kassel) and The Jewish Bride (Rijksmuseum).
Late Rembrandt was created in collaboration with the National Gallery London, where the exhibition will be shown from October 15, 2014 – January 18, 2015. The paintings The Family Portrait (Herzog Anton Ulrich-museum, Braunschweig), the Self-Portrait as Zeuxis Laughing (Wallraf-Richartz Museum-Fondation Corboud, Cologne), Portrait of Jan Six (Six Collection, Amsterdam) and Jacob with the Angel (Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) can only be seen in Amsterdam.