The Ashmolean Museum is hosting the first major exhibition in the UK to examine the early years of one of the greatest artists of all time.
Young Rembrandt looks at the artist’s first decade at work, from 1624–34, and charts a career on a truly meteoric path - from his first tentative works as a teenager in his home town of Leiden to the sublime masterpieces he produced in Amsterdam ten years later.
Featuring 34 paintings by Rembrandt and a further 90 drawings and prints from international and private collections, the exhibition is the largest collection of works devoted to the young Rembrandt to date. It also features the newly discovered Let the Little Children Come to Me (1627–8), which is on display for the first time in public.
Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ‘The show offers a unique opportunity to follow Rembrandt step by step as he develops from an inventive and ambitious teenager to the supremely accomplished and successful artist he became over the first ten years of his career. It is not a straightforward trajectory but it is a thrillingly revealing one that allows us to see the making of one of the world’s great artists.’
The exhibition runs from 27 February to 7 June 2020. Tickets cost £13.90 at peak times, and £13.40 off peak, with free entry for children under 12, members of the Ashmolean, and Oxford University students. Further information is available on the Ashmolean website.