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Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges

Rembrandt van Rijn, Head of an Old Man in a Cap, around 1630, oil on panel. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2003 (46-031). Photo: John Glembin


Rembrandt van Rijn, a virtuoso in the interpretation of the human experience, had his start as an independent master in his native Leiden. It was in this city—known for its university, its printing industry and its textile production—that he experimented boldly with a variety of techniques and styles. Around 1630, he arrived at his signature pictorial vocabulary of compelling facial expression, evocative textures, powerful shading and deep psychological presence. This visual language served him well in the competitive market for art in Amsterdam when he moved to that city.

Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges features works of art by Rembrandt and his circle as a celebration of the artist and his wide-reaching impact, marking the 350th anniversary of his death. Highlighting works from The Bader Collection (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University) by Rembrandt, Jan Lievens, Isaac de Jouderville and others, as well as numerous North American loans, this exhibition is an extraordinary investigation of experimentation, emulation and ambition in seventeenth-century Holland.

Curated by Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University, with the support of the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and the Government of Canada.

Experience the Agnes Etherington Art Centre's interactive map of Rembrandt's Leiden here.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition below

This tour provides an introduction to the exhibition and is not an exact representation since it does not present all artworks but rather provides a selection of highlighted works. Additionally, when viewing, please note the tour is not fully representative of the intended in-gallery experience as the colours and lighting will appear slightly different on each viewing device. We hope you'll join us when we reopen for the full gallery experience.



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