Rembrandt tentoonstelling

Rembrandt: Schilderijen Bijeengebracht ter Gelegenheid van de Inhuldiging van Hare Majesteit Koningin Wilhelmina, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1898

The 14 mounted silver collodion photographs in this folio highlight the preparation and installation in Amsterdam of the 1898 Rembrandt tentoonstelling [Rembrandt Exhibition], which commemorated the coronation of Holland’s new queen, Wilhelmina. The ambitious exhibition, consisting of 124 paintings and 350 drawings and etchings, was an homage both to the Queen and to Rembrandt, one of Holland’s most famous artists. It included Rembrandt’s monumental canvas The Nightwatch pictured in transit across the Museumplein to the Stedelijk  Museum (modern spelling), where it was shoehorned in through a window. Curator Hofstede de Groot envisioned a monographic exhibition featuring Rembrandt’s entire body of work, but 400 paintings from his oeuvre were instead displayed in photographic reproductions.

Four paintings currently in the National Gallery of Art collection were featured in the Amsterdam exhibition from September to October 1898: Portrait of a Gentleman with a Tall Hat and Gloves, Portrait of a Lady with an Ostrich-Feather Fan, The Circumcision, and Head of an Aged Woman. Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait and The Mill were included in the exhibition’s installation at the Royal Academy in London from January to February 1899. This second show featured a different selection of works, many from British institutions and private collections.

“The Dutch could have paid no nobler homage to their young Queen and her coronation, than by bringing together a collection of the masterpieces of the greatest painter to whom Holland has given birth.”

“The number of foreigners who crowded to Amsterdam during September and October to see the Rembrandt-Exhibition was indeed enormous.”

   -Intro to Hofstede de Groot’s De Rembrandt tentoonstelling te Amsterdam (Amsterdam 1898)

For more information, see these catalogs in the National Gallery of Art Library:

De Rembrandt tentoonstelling te Amsterdam : 40 photogravures met tekst.

Rembrandt. 26 Photogravures naar de beste schilderijen der tentoonstellingen te London Jan.-Febr. 1899 en Amsterdam Sept.-Oct. 1898 (Supplement) / Met begeleidenden tekst van C. Hofstede de Groot.


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