Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00pm to Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 4:30pm

The Bader Gallery

24 August–1 December 2019

Thursday 19 September 2019
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

In commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn, Agnes will present Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges. The early years of Rembrandt van Rijn’s career have been recognized as ones of daring experimentation, experimentation that culminated in a signature pictorial vocabulary around 1630. After years of refining his skill, his work around this time displays the powerful chiaroscuro, gestural lucidity, and rigorous evocation of materiality that predict his finest achievements in his later Amsterdam period. Contextualized by work from his colleagues and students, Rembrandt emerges as a defining figure of the Leiden market.

This exhibition draws upon the strengths of The Bader Collection, such as Rembrandt’s Head of an Old Man in a Cap and Jan Lievensz.’s Head of an Old Woman in Profile, and the rich collections of Dutch art across Canada to present a focused view of the trademark subjects and styles that made the artist’s reputation. It celebrates the artistic import, savvy self-promotion and stylistic identity that Rembrandt cultivated and modelled to those in his circle.

Curated by Dr Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue in English and French. An in-gallery and online interactive map of Rembrandt’s Leiden and a short documentary about contemporary Leiden animate the city’s history as part of this exhibition.


Thursday Tour

Featuring Leiden circa 1630: Rembrant Emerges
26 September, 12:15–1 pm

Imagining Rembrandt Tour
See for Yourself with Carmen Papalia
Sunday 29 September, 1–3 pm

Imagining Rembrandt Tour
Sunday 24 November, 2–4 pm
A multi-sensory tour for partially sighted or blind adults

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB (7 March–14 June 2020)
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina SK (22 August 2020–3 January 2021)
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton ON (13 February–30 May 2021)


The catalogue and the exhibition tour are supported by grants from the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies and the Government of Canada.

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