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Rembrandt's Light

Experience a cinematic retelling of the Dutch Master's pivotal years...

An enduring storyteller; a master of light – Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters who ever lived. This landmark exhibition celebrates 350 years since his death with 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings, including major international loans from The Louvre and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Arranged thematically, Rembrandt’s Light will take you on a journey from high drama and theatricality, to the contemplative and spiritual, showcasing his use of light. The exhibition focusses on the period from 1639–1658, when he lived in his ideal house at Breestraat in the heart of Amsterdam (today the Museum Het Rembrandthuis). Its striking, light-infused studio was where Rembrandt created his most exceptional work including The Denial of St Peter and The Artist’s Studio.

"Unmissable" ★★★★★ Evening Standard

“Another way to appreciate these masterpieces” ★★★★ Londonist

“Girl at a Window appears to float like an illusion before you. She seems to be there in the flesh.” The Times 

Echoing Rembrandt’s power for storytelling, the exhibition’s atmospheric lighting and design has been carefully curated to immerse audiences in his world. In-house curators Jennifer Scott and Helen Hillyard have collaborated with the award-winning cinematographer, Peter Suschitzky, famed for
his work on films such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Mars Attacks! to create this unique experience.

Highlights include the captivating Philemon and Baucis, shown in the UK for the first time, the contemplative Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb and three of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings of women: A Woman Bathing in a Stream, A Woman in Bed and the Gallery’s Girl at a Window all hanging together.

The exhibition is the first to use a new innovative LED Bluetooth lighting system designed by Erco, whilst, in the final room, artist Stuart Semple has provided his Black 3.0 (the world’s blackest black acrylic paint) to create a dramatic backdrop for some of Rembrandt’s finest portraits.

A free audioguide is included with your ticket, providing extra insight and context to each room in the exhibition. The audioguide has been produced with Imagineear.

Image credit: Rembrandt van Rijn, The Denial of St Peter, 1660 © The Rijksmuseum; Philemon and Baucis, 1658, oil on panel transferred to panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington; Landscape with the rest on the flight to Egypt, 1647, National Gallery of Ireland Collection. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland
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Event details

Start date
4 October 2019
End date
2 February 2020
10am–5pm, Tuesday - Sunday (Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays)
Free for Friends & Under 18s; Standard admission £16.50*. Includes audioguide. Book online and save £1.50 off your ticket (excludes concessions). Concessions £8* (Unemployed, Disabled, Student, Art Fund, Museums Association Members). *Ticket includes an optional gift aid donation.