Rembrandt in Focus at the National Museum Wales

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Rembrant van Rijn. Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, 1657.CARDIFF, WALES — A special loan of Rembrandt van Rijn’s (1606-1669) Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet from Penrhyn Castle is on view at National Museum Cardiff alongside original etchings and Netherlandish portraits from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’ own collection.

The portrait of the wealthy Amsterdam lady, painted in 1657, is an example of Rembrandt’s outstanding talent for painting characters, not just faces. It demonstrates his ability to combine fine detail, blurred impressions and dramatic effects of light and shade.

Rembrandt was also a brilliant printmaker. Examples of his etchings, with which he experimented to achieve unprecedented tones and expressive effects, also form part of the Rembrandt in Focus display. These are joined by Netherlandish portraits of three other women including a painting of the Welsh heiress Katheryn of Berain, attributed to Van Cronenburgh.

During the 1650s, Rembrandt was the most celebrated artist in Amsterdam. Today, he’s recognized as one of the most important figures in the history of art and his work continues to inspire artists across the globe.

Rembrandt in Focus is now on view through March 21, 2010.

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