Virtual Speaker Series: Dutch Masters Series – Rembrandt
As part of The Netherland-America Foundation's Speaker Series, join NAF-Boston as they welcome art historian Dr. Amy Golahny -- author of our recent book 'Rembrandt's Hundred Guilder Print' -- for a presentation on Rembrandt on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 5:00-6:30 pm ET.
Rembrandt (Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam) is considered among the most innovative artists, for skill, narrative, technique and imagination. His etching, known as the Hundred Guilder Print combines discrete actions in one frame: Christ blessing, healing, preaching, and disputing with the Pharisees. So much is packed into this print that confusion arose as to its main subject, and it was identified by its price.
In combining actions, the print harks back to an earlier northern tradition of placing multiple episodes in a single frame. As soon as it was printed, Rembrandt’s Hundred Guilder Print (Christ Preaching, Blessing and Healing) was recognized for its excellence as well as its reputed price. These two aspects of quality and cost have consistently featured in all discussions of the etching. Rembrandt valued it as equal to one of the foremost and rarest Raphael engravings, and gave it to a ‘special friend’ in exchange for that engraving. In his workshop, it was studied by pupils, who made their own variations. In 19th century Paris, the print was copied by Léopold Flameng, and more recently, artists and poets responded to it in various ways.
We will trace the reception of this print from its earliest documentation to its latest poetic response.