APRIL 27-JUNE 14, 1997
The name Rembrandt, particularly in relation to the medium of etching, has from the 17thcentury to modern times suggested the epitome of artistic genius. Much of his fame, however, was achieved through collaboration with his contemporaries Johannes (Jan) Gillsz, Van Vliet, Jan Lievens, and Ferdinand Bol. The rich interchange surrounding Rembrandt, in which artists viewed and discussed one another’s works, copied one another’s plates, established what became known as “Rembrandt-esque” in succeeding centuries. While much public and scholarly attention has recently focused on discerning and attributing “real” Rembrandt works, there were actually a number of artists who contributed to the developing of his style. Seeking Rembrandt, therefore, does not simply entail isolating this artist and his works; rather it necessitates investigating numerous artists and assessing their overlapping influences.