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Original Rembrandt prints on display on GU campus
Original Rembrandt prints on display on GU campus


Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Museum is currently displaying 10 original prints from iconic 17th century artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn as part of the university's 125th anniversary celebration.

Jundt's Arcade Gallery has been host to "A Lyrical Line: Rembrandt and Others" since Nov. 30, and will take the pieces down March 16, 2013. All of the works exhibited this year are from GU's permanent collection. The university has a total of 18 Rembrandt originals in its collection.

"There's nothing superfluous," Jundt interim Director Karen Kaiser said in a news release about the works in the exhibit. "There is no accident to what he has done. His drawing is so natural, so economical – anything more and you kill it, anything less is not enough."

Kaiser said she had to sift through about 4,000 works on paper over six months to decide which pieces were fit to complement the Rembrandts. Prints by Sigmund Abeles, Leonard Baskin, Thomas Hart Benton, among a half-dozen other artists were selected.

"I made the decision based on what matched the theme more than anything," Kaiser said.

The Rembrandt prints are about the size of a postcard, but have proven to be popular, despite the absence of students coming through the doors due to the holidays. Kaiser estimated that about 200 people visit the museum to see the works each week.

"A lot of people want to know about printing and they want to know that what we have isn't a reproduction," Kaiser said.

Kaiser said since the drawing is so precise, it draws people's skepticism. According to the news release, "Rembrandt used special tools to create impressions on the surface of copper plates that had been treated with acid-resistant material. The plates were then put into an acid bath, which etched lines into the plate where the artist had drawn. The etched plates were then inked and run through a press to transfer them to paper.”

"The line quality is the real signature of a Rembrandt print," Kaiser said.

The exhibit is open to the public, located directly inside Jundt Art Museum's main doors and is free. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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