18.9.2016 - 8.1.2017

Rembrandts Schadow

England and the Black Art

The oeuvre of Rembrandt (1606–1669) was of key importance for the development of English art in the 18 th ct. The expressive orchestration of light in his paintings and particularly the radical chiaroscuro of his etchings were compared to the mezzotint, a method that emerged later and advanced to become the quintessential English printing technique (the “English Manner”). Also referred to as the “black art” on account of its strong light-dark contrasts, the mezzotint has always possessed a mysterious and magical quality. “Rembrandt’s Shadow” will thus embrace a compositional as well as a temporal component: the masterful chiaroscuro of his art and its aftereffect in 18th - ct. England. For the first time in nearly a hundred years, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart’s Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs will present a selection from its outstanding collection of mezzotints in dialogue with etchings by Rembrandt, including some never before shown.

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