October 26, 2015

“Rembrandt & Printmaking—New Views on a Golden Age” symposium

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Landscape with Farm Building, and the “house with the Tower,” c. 1650. Etching and drypoint, plate: 12 x 32 cm. State IV of IV. Collection of Harvard Art Museums’ Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Gray Collection of Engravings Fund, George R. Nutter Fund, William M. Prichard Fund (M13468). Courtesy Harvard Art Museums.

Presented by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions and IFPDA print fair, this symposium will spark a new and closer look at Rembrandt’s astonishing print practice, its context, and its contributions.


“Hercules Segers and Rembrandt: Direct Influence or Kindred Spirits?”
Nadine M. Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

“St. Jerome in Darkness and Light”
Clifford S. Ackley, Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Rembrandt and the Faust Tradition”
Robert Fucci, exhibition curator

(Short break)

“Edme-François Gersaint as Chroniqueur of Knowledge about Rembrandt’s Etchings”
Erik Hinterding, Curator of Prints, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

“Desire and Disgust: Collecting Rembrandt’s Etchings in Georgian England”
Stephanie Dickey, Professor of Art History and Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

“Rembrandt as Experimental Etcher”
Jan Piet Filedt Kok, former Curator of Prints and Director of Collections, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

6pm: Reception and viewing to follow at The Wallach Art Gallery


Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions, on view through December 12, is curated by Art History PhD candidate Robert Fucci. This extraordinary project highlights Rembrandt’s most dramatically altered prints. It gathers 52 17th-century impressions from 14 major U.S. collections to best examine his manipulations and transformations, and is an unprecedented opportunity to examine the range, power, and nuance of Rembrandt’s fine prints.

A fully illustrated, 160-page catalogue, co-published by The Wallach Art Gallery and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln is available for 35 USD.

This exhibition and related programming received generous support from the Netherland-America Foundation, the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the IFPDA Foundation, and the European Institute at Columbia University.

We are especially grateful for our collaboration with the European Institute and the Department of Art History and Archaeology in presenting this symposium.

For more information on the exhibition or symposium please visit our website.


Opening January 2016
Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne 
January 20–March 12
Joseph R. Wolin, Senior Curator

Open This End is an exhibition of both iconic and lesser–known works from 38 of the most significant and compelling artists of the last 50 years, tracing a number of intertwined narratives in the history of recent art. Titled after a 1962 painting by Andy Warhol, the earliest work in the show, the exhibition is framed as a present to be unpacked, one that visitors will delight in discovering. Byrne, a major contemporary art collector and graduate of Columbia Business School, hopes that this effort will inspire others to share their art collections for educational purposes and start an ongoing dialogue about art collecting, philanthropy, and ethics.

Organized and sponsored by The Skylark Foundation


About the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery advances Columbia University’s historical, critical, and creative engagement with the visual arts. Serving as both a laboratory and a forum, The Wallach Art Gallery offers opportunities for curatorial practice and discourse, while bridging the diverse approaches to the arts at the University with a welcome broader public. We present projects that are organized by graduate students and faculty in Art History & Archaeology or by other Columbia scholars, focus on the contemporary artists of our campus and communities, or offer new scholarship on University special collections.

Established in 1986, The Wallach Art Gallery is the University’s premier visual arts space. We are a platform for critically acclaimed exhibitions, a dynamic range of programming, and publications that contribute to scholarship.

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