Community members will soon be able to see drawings of renowned Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn right on UNC's campus.
Beginning Sept. 23, visitors to the Ackland Art Museum can view the new exhibit “Drawn to Life: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck Collection at the Ackland Art Museum.”
The exhibit will show off over 70 Dutch drawings from the 17th century, which are part of the larger Peck Collection that was donated to the Ackland in 2017 by the late Drs. Sheldon and Leena Peck.
“You couldn’t put together this collection again if you tried,” Robert Fucci, Peck Collection research fellow and guest curator, said.
A number of these drawings, created by Rembrandt and his associates, were previously unpublished. Rembrandt is considered one of the most prolific artists of the era by many viewers.
Dana Cowen, the Sheldon Peck curator for European and American Art before 1950 at the Ackland, said that though the full exhibit is new to the museum, the artists' work is not new.
“We always have a Peck drawing on view," Cowen said. "Every three months we have a rotation called the 'Focus on the Peck Collection.' That is basically one or two Peck Collection drawings placed alongside something from our collection in interesting ways."
Because the drawings are on paper, they are light-sensitive and will only be on display for a short period.Cowen said the exhibit will run through Dec. 31 and will be on display at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam next spring.
The work features landscapes, images of individuals and groups in action that depict the artists’ humanity and the environment around them, Cowen said. The pieces were acquired at auction over approximately 40 years by the Peck family.