Dürer & Rembrandt: Master Prints at The Hyde

Dürer & Rembrandt: Master Prints at The Hyde

Dürer & Rembrandt: Master Prints at The Hyde

Rembrandt’s ‘Self-Portrait Wearing a Soft Cap,’ from the collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly

Rembrandt’s ‘Self-Portrait Wearing a Soft Cap,’ from the collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly

The Hyde Collection presents ‘Dürer and Rembrandt: Master Prints’ in its Wood Gallery, coinciding with ‘The Hydes and Rembrandt’ in the adjacent Whitney-Renz Gallery. Both shows run through October 2.

‘Dürer and Rembrandt’ features 82 prints, showcasing 29 superb engravings and woodcuts by the German printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, and 35 exceptional etchings by the Dutch Master, Rembrandt van Rijn, plus 18 printed works of their contemporaries from the collection of Dorrance Kelly. “Kelly has assembled one of the most distinguished print collections in the country,” noted museum director Erin Coe. “Not only are we grateful he agreed to share his treasures with the public, but we are proud to bring this esteemed collection to Glens Falls and the broader region. This is an unparalleled opportunity to see up close some of the finest prints by Dürer and Rembrandt that you would otherwise have to travel to New York or Boston to view.”

Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn are unrivaled as printmakers. Their contemporaries marveled at their virtuosity and creativity. As a woodblock carver, Dürer (1471 to 1528) achieved an incomparable subtlety of line and complexity of image. Capable of creating intricate lines, details, and shading, he raised the status of the woodcut, more commonly used to produce unsophisticated outline illustrations, to new heights. Rembrandt (1606 to 1669) excelled at etching and drypoint. He had such command of the mechanical processes that he could calibrate the depth and density of his line, translating his fluid drawings directly into print.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American art collectors fervently desired to acquire a work by Rembrandt; museum founders Charlotte and Louis Hyde were among them. The accompanying exhibit tells the story of their quest to secure Rembrandt’s ‘Christ with Arms Folded,’ including correspondence, diaries, photographs and documents that shed light on their pursuit. The Hyde Collection presents changing exhibitions, lectures, cultural events, family and school programming in its modern museum complex and historic house at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, N.Y. For details, visit  hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761.

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