Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness

A major exhibition of prints, paintings and drawings by Rembrandt at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 21 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606-1669, Self-portrait Wearing a soft Cap, full Face, Head only (‘Rembrandt aux trois moustaches’) (only state) 1634. Etching on paper. 4.8 x 4.4 cm © Norfolk Museums Service


The internationally revered Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) is the subject of a major exhibition presented by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 7 January 2018.

Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness focuses specifically on one of the less well-known aspects of Rembrandt’s output, namely his fascination with print-making.

Forming the core of this compelling exhibition is the nationally important but little known collection of Rembrandt etchings held by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, the fourth most important of its kind in the country.

The etchings are complemented by a selected group of paintings and drawings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland, The National Gallery, The Royal Collection and the British Museum which demonstrate how physical and metaphorical light and darkness meet and combine in Rembrandt’s work in all media, creating narratives that communicate to the viewer across time.

Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness is the latest in a series of world-class exhibitions mounted by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Norwich Castle is known for its original, varied and highly ambitious exhibition programme, which continues to attract growing audiences well beyond the boundaries of East Anglia.