Gallery to exhibit Rembrandt etchings

August 26, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

The Mitchell Gallery has made it official: Local art lovers will not have to travel to Amsterdam, London or even Washington to see originals by Rembrandt, Durer, van Dyck or Whistler this season.

A short jaunt to the museum on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis will suffice.

From Sept. 23 though Nov. 20, the Mitchell will exhibit 50 etchings produced by Rembrandt between 1628 and 1665. Organized by the Carnegie Museum and the American Federation of Art, "Rembrandt Etchings: Selections from the Carnegie Museum of Art" will display such masterworks as "The Hundred Guilder Print," "The Three Trees," "The Great Jewish Bride" and "Beggars Receiving Alms at the Door of a House."

The collection includes studies of light and shadow, landscapes, portraits, and biblical scenes.

From Nov. 29 through Dec. 15, color photographs taken by Pennsylvania author and photographer Lucian Niemeyer will be on display in "The Photographic Art: Amish, Wildlife and Chesapeake." The exhibition will include photos from Mr. Niemeyer's three books, "Old Order Amish," "Long Legged Wading Birds" and "Chesapeake Country."

From Jan. 10 through March 3, the museum will present "The Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler," 40 images created by the artist who refined printmaking and revived the art of etching in 19th century Europe. The exhibition will include "Sixteen Etchings of the Thames" on loan from Syracuse University.

From March 20 through April 3, the museum will display works produced by the faculty and students of St. John's and members of the community.

The season's final exhibition opens on April 7. "Masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque Printmaking" is a collection of 85 prints that will provide an overview of printmaking from the 15th through the 17th centuries. Works by Altdorfer, Cranach the Elder, Durer, Rembrandt and van Dyck will be displayed.

As always, the gallery will offer a lectures by prominent art historians.

On Oct. 12 at 4 p.m., there will be a discussion on Rembrandt's techniques led by Lindsay Makepeace, a Washington printmaker.

Jay Fisher, curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will speak on the Rembrandt exhibit at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.

"These lectures are important," says Mitchell Gallery director Hydee Schaller. "They expand our insight and allow us to interpret the exhibitions more fully."

For information about the exhibition schedule, call 626-2556.

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