Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hyde Opens New Exhibit On Durer And Rembrandt

Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669,The Hyde Collection museum in Glens Falls has announced a new exhibit, Dürer & Rembrandt: Master Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly in its Charles R. Wood Gallery.

At the same time, The Hydes & Rembrandt will be on view in the adjacent Whitney-Renz Gallery. Both shows are open through October 2.

Dürer & Rembrandt features 82 prints, showcasing 29 engravings and woodcuts by the German printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, and 35 etchings by the Dutch Master, Rembrandt van Rijn. In addition, the exhibition features 18 printed works of their contemporaries, including Hendrick Goudt, Lucas van Leyden, Aegidius Sadeler, and a rare engraving by Lucas Cranach.

Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn are unrivaled as printmakers. Their contemporaries marveled at their virtuosity and creativity. As a woodblock carver, Dürer (1471 – 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 – 1669), in turn, excelled at etching and drypoint. He had such command of the mechanical processes that he could calibrate the depth and density of his line, and thus translated his fluid, expressive drawing style directly into print. In their hands, the print became a primary medium for artistic expression.

The members’ opening is on Saturday, July 9, at 2 pm. Hyde members are free; non-members are $20. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Cheryl Martin at (518) 792-1761 ext. 346. The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, July 10.

The exhibition is supported by the Adirondack Trust Company, Warren County, the Town of Queensbury, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many American art collectors fervently desired to acquire a work by Rembrandt — Museum founders Charlotte and Louis Hyde were among them.

Alongside Dürer & Rembrandt, The Hyde will present a companion exhibition that tells the story of Louis and Charlotte Hyde’s quest to secure a painting by the Dutch Master. The Hydes & Rembrandt features materials from the Hyde Archive, including correspondence with their adviser William Valentiner, diaries, photographs, and documents that shed light on their pursuit.

The Museum’s famed Rembrandt, Christ with Arms Folded, will be on display in the Whitney-Renz Gallery, where visitors will have the opportunity to see the work outside of its usual setting in the Library of Hyde House.

The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art, and Modern and Contemporary art. The Hyde Collection is located at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls.

For more information, click here, or call (518) 792-1761.

Picture: Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669, Self-Portrait Wearing a Soft Cap: “The Three Moustaches,” ca. 1634, etching, 2 x 1 3/4 inches, Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly.

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