Prints by Rembrandt set to be displayed at Temple Newsam House

Caption: Temple Newsam House will be showcasing prints and etchings by artist Rembrandt van Rijn. (Image: Self-portrait, signed and dated Rembrandt f. 1633, Haarlem. Second state of two, B17. Copyright: Leeds Museums and Galleries and licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA.)

A rare selection of prints by celebrated artist Rembrandt van Rijn are set to be displayed at Temple Newsam House as part of this season’s winter/spring exhibition in Leeds. This exciting exhibition will consist of two displays; the first will examine Rembrandt portraits and figure studies, while the second will exhibit an intricate selection of biblical prints.

The first instalment of the exhibition ‘Portraits and People’ will run from 19 November 2013 – 30 March 2014 and will showcase Rembrandt’s early prints of people which highlight how he developed both his technique and interest in depicting emotion. Key works will include a selection of Rembrandt’s iconic self-portraits, etchings of his wife Saskia and a selection of his traveller and beggar studies.

To coincide with Easter, the second part of the exhibition will focus on ‘Rembrandt and the Bible’.

Opening on 8 April 2014 - 20 July 2014, Rembrandt’s series of etchings illustrating stories from both the Old and New Testament will be showcased. Set to feature will be Rembrandt’s most ambitious etching ‘The Hundred Guilder Print’ and a series of prints depicting the life of Christ.

This exhibition offers an amazing opportunity to view these rarely seen etchings from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery in the spectacular surroundings of Temple Newsam House. The dual aspect of this exhibition examines two of the key influences of Rembrandt’s prints and allows these exceptional works of art to be brought out of storage and shown to the public.

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

"It is fantastic that as part of this new Rembrandt exhibition, the prints of one of the world’s most famous artists will be displayed at Temple Newsam House.

"Set in two parts, this exhibition really does promise to be something special and will provide a telling insight into both Rembrandt’s life and work."

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 Winter Opening Times: Tues-Sun 10.30am-4pm

Closed Christmas Eve from 1pm and Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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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