On display from the 4th October, the Dulwich Picture Gallery marks the 350 year anniversary since the artist’s death with an exhibition exploring the artist’s mastery of light and visual storytelling.

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 – 1669), Philemon and Baucis, 1658, oil on panel transferred to panel, Widener Collection 1942.9.65. National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This Autumn, the Dulwich Gallery will present an exhibition examining  the artist’s mastery of light through 35 of his greatest paintings, etchings and drawings.

Bringing together international loans including  The Pilgrims at Emmaus, 1648 (Musée du Louvre, Paris) and – shown for the first time ever in the UK – Philemon and Baucis, 1658 (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Tobit and Anna with the Kid, 1645 and The Dream of Joseph, 1645 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin), the display will trace how the artist used light and shadow for dramatic effect.

The exhibition will be arranged thematically to reveal how Rembrandt used both to evoke different moods in religious and mythological stories and depict raw human emotion in the subjects he knew well.

Rembrandt’s Light will also showcase a new LED Bluetooth lighting system at the Gallery, with leading cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, famed for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Mars Attacks!, working with the curators to devise an atmospheric visitor experience. This in turn will help to reflect the variety of Rembrandt’s work, from high-drama and theatricality to the contemplative and spiritual. 

This display will begin with addressing the artist’s sophisticated control of light to convey motion and emotion, before moving on to transporting visitors to Rembrandt’s workshop and a focus on the artist’s  religious and intellectual works. Th exhibition will conclude with a section formed of figurative paintings including the Gallery’s Girl at a Window, 1645, which will be displayed for the first time alongside A Woman in Bed, c. 1645-6 (National Museums Scotland) and A Woman Bathing in a Stream, 1654 (National Gallery, London).

Rembrandt’s Light is the first exhibition to be curated by  Jennifer Scott since becoming Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2017 and is co-curated by the Gallery’s Assistant Curator, Helen Hillyard.

Rembrandt’s Light will be on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from the 4th October until the 2nd February 2020.

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