The Norton Simon Museum presents The Familiar Face: Portrait Prints by Rembrandt, an exhibition of 15 etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669).
Rembrandt's prominence as a painter of portraits, particularly those of the merchants and burghers of Amsterdam, is well known. But the artist's etched prints also have a place and purpose in recording the visages of his contemporaries. A skilled, innovative printmaker, Rembrandt embraced etching as a means of expression and experimentation. The artworks in The Familiar Face illustrate the artist's keen power of observation as well as his gift for drama and humor.
The Familiar Face is one of several exhibitions held this winter to celebrate the wealth of Rembrandt's works in Southern California museum collections. Rembrandt exhibitions are also being presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Timkin Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum at UCLA. More information can be found at www.rembrandtinsocal.org.