Part two of Rembrandt exhibition to open at Temple Newsam House

Caption: Temple Newsam House will be showcasing prints and etchings by artist Rembrandt van Rijn. (Image: The Hundred Guilder Print, etching, drypoint and engraving, finished c. 1649, second state of two, B74. Copyright: Leeds Museums and Galleries and licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA.)

Part two of a popular Rembrandt exhibition at Temple Newsam House is set to open its doors to the public next week.

Opening on Tuesday 8 April and running until Friday 20 July, this display offers a rare chance to see a selection of etchings by one of the most important painters and the greatest printmaker the world has ever seen.

Following in the footsteps of part one which examined Rembrandt portraits and figure studies, the second part of the exhibition launched to coincide with Easter, will focus on ‘Rembrandt and the Bible’ and showcase his etchings illustrating stories from the Old and New Testaments. The display will include some of Rembrandt’s most famous prints including ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’, which is reputed to have been given the name after fetching a large sum at auction within his lifetime.

Very little is known about Rembrandt’s religious beliefs but it is clear he was fascinated by the Bible focusing on Christian stories more often than any other subject and expressing this fascination most imaginatively in his etchings.

All of the etchings featuring in this display are original, rare and important works of art which are seldom seen due to their fragility and susceptibility to fading when exposed to light. This exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity to view these etchings from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery in the spectacular surroundings of Temple Newsam House.

As part of the exhibition, a supporting programme is available for all visitors to enjoy including ‘Tea with the Curator’ on 8 May and 10 July (£5), a unique day long etching workshop ‘Etch in the footsteps of Rembrandt’ will take place on 22 May (£25 including lunch), ‘Invent, Etch, Print’ workshop on the 27 May 2014 and for younger visitors an explorers guide and activities.

For more details regarding the Rembrandt exhibition, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/rembrandt

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"The first part of the Rembrandt exhibition at Temple Newsam House was fascinating and we saw people with all levels of knowledge of art come and see the collection. I’m sure part two showcasing his etchings illustrating stories from the Bible will be just as popular when it opens on April 8.

"On display will be a range of prints including the ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’, and if you are a big fan of Rembrandt, or want to find out more about one of the world’s most famous painters, then Temple Newsam House is the place to be."

Notes to editors:

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 – 1669) is one of the most important painters and the greatest printmaker the world has ever seen. Throughout his career as a painter he also made around 300 etchings and drypoint prints quickly leaning the technical skill and virtually recreating this art form. His impact and contribution to printmaking is so significant that it is still reflected in etchings produced today.

Temple Newsam House is a splendid Tudor Jacobean mansion, renowned as being the birthplace of Henry Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots’ infamous husband. The House itself has over forty beautifully restored rooms and outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, along with a changing exhibition programme. Set within an Estate of 1500 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Temple Newsam boasts paths and trails for cycling, walking and riding, an 18th century Walled Garden and national plant collections. Home Farm also holds a variety of rare breed animals and in the Stable Courtyard there is also a Tea Room serving locally sourced food, a large gift shop and Mrs Pawson’s local produce shop.

Address: Temple Newsam Road, Leeds LS15 0AD

Telephone Number: 0113 3367460

Website Address: www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsam

House Summer Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm

Directions: 4 miles from Leeds City Centre off B6159, 2 miles from M1, junction 46.

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Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk