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Exhibition Detail
Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
1200 Getty Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049


December 8th, 2009 - February 28th, 2010
 
Constantijn Daniel van Renesse , Constantijn Daniel van Renesse ,
about 1650 , Black chalk and brush and brown wash, heightened
© Courtesy of Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt
Seated Female Nude (detail), RembrandtRembrandt, Seated Female Nude (detail),
about 1660 , Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash; corrected with white gouache
© The Art Institute of Chicago, the Clarence Buckingham Collection
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Telling the difference between drawings by Rembrandt and his pupils is a centuries-old problem. A popular teacher with more than 50 documented students, Rembrandt taught all of them to draw in his style. Together, they produced thousands of drawings, and even immediately after Rembrandt's death, there was confusion about who made them. In the last 30 years scholars have made major strides in their ability to recognize Rembrandt's drawings from those of his students.

This exhibition features drawings by 15 of Rembrandt's pupils in close comparison to drawings by the master himself. We now know that the body of drawings once regarded as by Rembrandt includes many differentiated personalities of great artistic merit in their own right. See our online interactive to be guided in a close comparison of drawings by Rembrandt and 10 of his students.


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