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Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh


This exhibition explores the importance of Rembrandt to British collectors, artists and writers over the past 400 years. Loans of 15 major oil paintings – from British collections and from further afield – allow the exhibition to examine the links between the Dutch artist and Britain that existed in the artist’s lifetime; the show opens with an early Self-portrait (c. 1629), presented in the 1630s to Charles I, while Rembrandt’s only two portraits of British sitters have both travelled from Boston. The exhibition also looks at the surge in Rembrandt’s popularity among British collectors in the 18th century, as well as the artist’s influence upon artists from Joshua Reynolds to John Bellany, with a particular focus on how Rembrandt helped to inspire the transformation of landscape painting in the Victorian era. Find out more about the Rembrandt exhibition from the National Galleries Scotland website. 

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A Man in Armour (‘Achilles’), Rembrandt

A Man in Armour (‘Achilles’) (1655), Rembrandt van Rijn. Courtesy Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

A Woman in Bed (c. 1645–46), Rembrandt van Rijn. Photo: Antonia Reeve; courtesy National Galleries of Scotland

Girl in a Window, Rembrandt

Girl in a Window (1645), Rembrandt van Rijn. Courtesy Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

The Mill, Rembrandt

The Mill (1645/48), Rembrandt van Rijn. Courtesy Widener Collection

Self-Portrait when Young (c. 1753–58), Joshua Reynolds. Courtesy Tate

Homage to Rembrandt II, John Bellany

Homage to Rembrandt II (1991), John Bellany. © The Bellany Estate

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