Rembrandt van Rijn, Landscape with Square Tower, 1650. Etching and drypoint, 3 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in. Gift of the Class of 1900 in memory of Mrs. J. Sewall Naylor (Edith Moore, Class of 1914). 1960.4
Rembrandt and the Landscape Tradition
February 10 - June 7, 2015

Throughout the seventeenth century, Rembrandt van Rijn and his contemporaries explored the genre of landscape as both the setting for and the subject of their work. Dramatic, inviting, wild, and inhabited, the natural settings frame narratives depicted by these artists and become the focus of the works themselves. This exhibition of drawings and prints drawn from the Davis collections examines changing attitudes to nature in the United Provinces and the diverse ways in which landscape—both imagined and observed—was depicted by Rembrandt and other artists of the Dutch Golden Age.

Co-curated by Margaret Carroll, Professor of Art, Wellesley College and Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, with generous support from the Mary Tebbetts Wolfe '54 Davis Museum Program Fund.


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Gallery Talk: Rembrandt and the Landscape Tradition

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3:00pm

Margaret Carroll, Professor of Art History at Wellesley College and specialist in Dutch and Flemish Art, will discuss the work of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, the growth of the landscape genre in the seventeenth century, and how this growth reflects greater historical, social, and cultural trends of the time.