Rembrandt: The Sign and the Light

December 7, 2019 – February 2, 2020

Rembrandt van Rijn. Dutch, 1606–1669. Self-Portrait with Saskia, 1636. Etching.

Rembrandt: The Sign and the Light commemorates the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), the most prominent artist of the Dutch Golden Age. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Rembrandt’s print oeuvre and shows how his innovations in printmaking — specifically, etching — helped immortalize him as one of the most accomplished printmakers of all time.

Rembrandt created over 300 etchings, engravings, and drypoints throughout his career. His prints combine his exceptional skills as a draftsman with his mastery of intaglio printmaking to create crisp lines and luminous, theatrical scenes. He frequently spent years working on a single image, making changes (referred to as “states”) and impressions between the various changes. Rembrandt also experimented with inks and papers, all of which increased the popularity and collectability of his prints. The Sign and the Light features 69 prints from self-portraits and portraits of family and friends to Old and New Testament stories, landscapes, and genre scenes. The exhibition also offers visitors the opportunity to view these prints with magnifying glasses and learn about Rembrandt’s printmaking process through display cases and interactive stations created by IS Projects, a public-access printmaking and book arts studio in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Photography of the exhibition, including images with cell phones, is prohibited.

Click here for information about hours, admission, and tours.

Exhibition developed by NSPRD and distributed by EDG.


The Four Arts offers self-guided tours of the art exhibition and docent-led Gallery Talks. Although tours are geared towards adults, children are welcome to participate. All tours are free with gallery admission. Click here for more information.

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