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Rembrandt’s acclaimed etchings on display at Arlington museum

From The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Posted Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rembrandt etchings. The works that made Rembrandt one of Europe's greatest painters and printmakers have lost none of their awe-inspiring beauty. Hoping to capitalize on that, the Arlington Museum of Art will unveil its main summer exhibition, "Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings," on Saturday.

The exhibit of Rembrandt's copperplate etchings is one part of a campaign to make the museum a can't-miss destination for tourists and residents.

More famous for his paintings, Rembrandt is also critically acclaimed for his mastery of the art of etching. "Of the 300 or so known etchings by Rembrandt, the exhibit will show pieces from the four major themes of his work, including portraits and self-portraits, biblical scenes, genre scenes and landscapes," museum Director Chris Hightower said.

Through a partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington, a lecture series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will talk about Rembrandt's life and how the etchings relate to his other works. At 6 p.m. June 21, professor Nancy Palmeri will lead a discussion about Rembrandt as a pioneer in etching.

Thanks to a collaboration with the History channel, a short documentary about Rembrandt's life will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the summer, Hightower said.

The museum is at 201 W. Main St. in downtown Arlington. Parking is nearby. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays until Aug. 12. Visit www.arlingtonmuseum.orgor call 817-275-4600 to learn more or to inquire about becoming a volunteer docent.