As well as holding the world’s largest collection of Rembrandt paintings – including The Night Watch, the portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, The Jewish Bride – the Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s most comprehensive and representative overview of Rembrandt’s painting oeuvre.
Given the extreme rarity that many of these delicate drawings and prints go on display, All the Rembrandts offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to glean an unparalleled perspective on Rembrandt the artist, the human, the storyteller, the innovator.
The Rembrandt collection in the Rijksmuseum
Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul_, the collection forms a coherent overview of his entire life. The highlight of the collection of Rembrandt’s paintings is his greatest masterpiece, The Night Watch.
The recent acquisition of the spectacular marriage portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit means the Rijksmuseum’s collection of Rembrandt paintings is now the largest in the world. With its total of 22 works, from the early _Self-Portrait as a Young Man to the later
The comprehensive collection of drawings encompasses all Rembrandt’s periods and styles, and includes numerous exceptional drawings from his early period. The Rijksmuseum will show only the most beautiful and finest of Rembrandt’s 1300 prints. The 17th-century prints are exceedingly fragile and rarely displayed in public.
All the Rembrandts will explore different aspects of Rembrandt’s life and work through a number of themes. The first section presents the milestones of his career as a young artist; when Rembrandt looks at himself in the mirror, the viewer looks over his shoulder. A close examination of Rembrandt’s many self-portraits reveals his growth as an artist of incomparable talent.
The second section of the exhibition focuses on Rembrandt’s surroundings and the people in his life. As a young man Rembrandt honed his craft by painting portraits of his mother, his family and acquaintances. He even made a powerful portrait of his wife Saskia as she lay ill in bed. The artist was also fascinated by the wider world around him: the beggars, the buskers, the vagrants, the actors. He drew and painted countless portraits of the people he encountered.
Rembrandt was a gifted storyteller, and his stories are at the heart of the last section of the exhibition. The Old Testament tales inspired Isaac and Rebecca (the alternative title for The Jewish Bride, c. 1665–1669) and Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661) in which he gives masterful expression to gestures and emotions that are familiar, tangible and intimate. Early depictions of these tales tend to be delicate and refined; later in life Rembrandt used a coarser experimental technique, applying ingenious colour and light effects to further enhance the narrative and draw out its essence.
Curators: Erik Hinterding en Mireille Linck
Exhibition and graphic design: Irma Boom
All the Rembrandts audio tour
An audio tour is also available at the All the Rembrandts exhibition. Stroll past 33 of Rembrandt's most famous works and get to know him as a rebel, an innovator, and last but not least, as a human being. The tour can be found in the free app, developed for Apple and Android. You can also rent an audio device with the audio tour at the museum for 5 euros. You can add your rental when booking your tickets.
You can download the app with the tour via this page.
Biography of Rembrandt
Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel, curator Jonathan Bikker takes us on a journey past all of the ups and downs of Rembrandt’s life in seventeenth century Leiden and Amsterdam. With humour, insight and compassion, he shows us Rembrandt’s genius and the novelty of his works, and brings the artist back to life – you will not get any closer to Rembrandt than this. The biography is designed by Irma Boom.
Title: Rembrandt: Biography of a Rebel
Author: Jonathan Bikker
Design: Irma Boom
ISBN: Dutch 9789462084742
Get your copy here.
In order to visit the exhibition All the Rembrandts it is necessary to book a start time. Tickets with start time can be bought here on the Rijksmuseum website. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the regular admission price to the museum.
You do not need to book a start time for the exhibition if you are holding a RijksVrienden-, RijksExtra-, RijksPatronen-, RijksSchenkers,- RijksClub-, Rijks International Circle or ICOM card.
You will need to book a start time if you are holding a Museumkaart, Rijksmuseum Giftcard, BankGiro Loterij VIP-KAART, Lidmaatschapskaart KOG, VVAK, Vereniging Rembrandt of I Amsterdam City Card.
Book tickets and start time here
All the Rembrandts is made possible in part by the Blockbusterfonds, ING and the Patrons of the Rijksmuseum.