Chance to see Dutch master in print

The genius of Rembrandt is likely to be a major autumn attraction in the North-East.

The genius of Rembrandt is likely to be a major autumn attraction in the North-East.

Sixty prints by the 17th Century Dutch master go on display at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, today, showing another facet of an artist best known for his paintings.

The artist made more than 300 prints covering a wide variety of subjects including self-portraits, Biblical scenes, landscapes and character studies.

As visitors to the Laing will see, Rembrandt's faces - in an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of his birth - bridge the centuries, looking as vivid and real as people you will pass in the street today.

Having mastered printing techniques, Rembrandt was able to reach a huge audience. His etchings could be easily produced and transported across the Europe of his day.

The exhibition Rembrandt as Printmaker displays the artist's prints but also explains how they were made.

It comes to the North-East thanks to a partnership deal with the Hayward Gallery, London, and the British Museum.

It is on show in Newcastle until December 31. The Laing Art Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm.

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