The Musée Condé of the Castle of Chantilly is presenting a show devoted to the works of Rembrandt and his entourage in its new graphic arts space.
The exhibition brings together 21 original etchings by the Dutch master and some of his students as well as drawings attributed to Rembrandt and his entourage from the collections of Chantilly. The Rembrandt engravings are part of a major collection of Dutch engravings built up by the Duke of Aumale, Henri d’orléans, who was the son of King Louis-philippe, and have never been shown to the public before.
The graphic art collection of Chantilly is regarded as one of the finest in France and was established first with the Duke of Aumale acquiring in the second half of the 19th century intaglios by Rembrandt including major works like the highly detailed Christ Healing the Sick known as the Hundred Guilder Print. Beggars, landscapes, portraits, including one of the mother of Rembrandt, and religious scenes are among the subjects depicted in the works. According to Dr Jaco Rutgers, the Dutch specialist on Rembrandt, the collection of Rembrandt engravings at Chantilly is the fifth most important in France.