In honor of the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, the Ackland Art Museum will be running an exhibition displaying his drawings.
The exhibition will run from Oct. 4 to 20 and seven Ackland-owned drawings will be on display.
The Ackland received these drawings in 2017 as a gift from the Peck Collection.
“It’s a rare opportunity to see drawings by Rembrandt on view of this quantity,” said Dana Cowen, the Sheldon Peck curator for European and American art before 1950. “We are the only public university art museum in the nation to own a collection of Rembrandt’s drawings, so you get a good sense of his style.”
Robert Fucci, a Peck Collection research fellow, said that while Rembrandt had humble beginnings, he is an artist that transcends time.
“In terms of his place in history, he has never fallen out of favor,” Fucci said. “He’s always been famous as an artist from his lifetime to the present, and he’s therefore had a really tremendous impact on other artists throughout history as well. That’s one of the really fascinating things about his position, he’s always been a crowd-pleaser."
Rembrandt was the son of a miller, but after moving to Amsterdam to draw portraits, his popularity boomed, Cowen said.
“He became well-known, not just in the Netherlands, but literally all over Europe as someone who was unbelievably expressive in finding and recording, visually, the truths of nature and of human emotion,” said Sheldon Peck, clinical professor of Orthodontics at the UNC's Adams School of Dentistry.
In 2017, Peck and his late wife, Leena, donated multiple Dutch and Flemish drawings, including the Rembrandt drawings, to the Ackland.