‘Late Rembrandt’ Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum

‘Late Rembrandt’ exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. February 12 to May 17 2015.

On February 12 the landmark exhibition ‘Late Rembrandt’ opens at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the city where Rembrandt lived and worked. This is the first time that an exhibition has been dedicated to Rembrandt’s late works from the 1650s until his death in 1669. In collaboration with the National Gallery in London, more than 90 works from leading museums and private collections from around the world will be on display here in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1606 and died aged 63 in 1669. Despite having achieved youthful success and prosperity, his later life was marked by tragic personal losses and professional setbacks, including the death of three of his children shortly after birth and the death of his wife Saskia in 1942. He suffered ongoing financial difficulties which resulted in his bankruptcy in 1652, the forced sale of his large house and his huge collection of props, costumes and naturalia. Later he also lost his common-law wife and only remaining son, Titus.

This exhibition demonstrates how Rembrandt, far from diminishing as he grew older, pursued a new artistic style in his later years experimenting with painting and printing techniques and new interpretations of traditional subjects. The late period of his life can be seen as the most innovative and individualistic of his career. The exhibition expertly examines the ten themes that characterised Rembrandt’s late art such as light, experimentation, self-reflection and intimacy.

NB: Due to large visitor numbers expected at the exhibition, private tours are not permitted. However, we are happy to purchase your timed ticket for you and to prepare you for the exhibition during our Rijksmuseum: The Dutch Golden Age private tour. For more details, contact us. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition!