- Museum De Lakenhal, Oude Singel 32, Leiden, the Netherlands2 November 2019 – 9 February 2020
- Ashmolean Museum in Oxford27 February - 7 June 2020
From November 2019 to February 2020 Museum De Lakenhal will present the exhibition Young Rembrandt.1624-1634. This will be the first major exhibition exclusively devoted to the early work of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669). Young Rembrandt 1624-1634 will allow visitors to look over the young painter’s shoulder and see how his talent developed and flourished. Almost 400 years after their creation works produced in Leiden by the now internationally famous master will return to the city of his birth. The exhibition consists of approximately 40 paintings, 70 etchings and 10 drawings. Apart from work by Rembrandt there will also be work by, amongst others, Lievens, Lastman and Van Swanenburg. The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, one of the leading museums in the United Kingdom.
Exceptional talentThe Young Rembrandt exhibition will reveal how Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn’s exceptional talent developed in the decade from 1624 to 1634. His work attests to an extraordinary gift, already manifest in the first ten years of his career as an artist. The rapid and spectacular blossoming of his talent in this period can be traced from painting to painting. Rembrandt was a full-blooded explorer and innovator who never opted for well-trodden paths but continually sought new perspectives and opportunities. During these early years Rembrandt laid the foundation for his later work - a foundation which would win him fame and contribute to the character of Dutch painting in the 17th century.
Special loansMuseum De Lakenhal will present a number of works loaned especially to the exhibition from the Netherlands and abroad. One of the special loans is
Man in Oriental Costume ('the Noble Slav')
1632, Rembrandt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1628, Rembrandt. Collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Another highlight of the exhibition will be the Self-Portrait (ca. 1628) of a young Rembrandt from the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The exhibition will also include the two Rembrandt paintings from Museum De Lakenhal’s own collection: Rembrandt’s earliest known work,
A Peddler Selling Spectacles (Allegory of sight) (ca. 1624),
and History Painting (1626).
Rembrandt, Interior with Figures, ca. 1627. National Gallery Ireland, Dublin.