Each year, Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center brings incredible art exhibitions to Savannah, and this year is no exception! When you’re in Savannah, be sure to check out this eye-opening exhibition.
Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection
Rembrandt was a Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker who lived and worked in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Rembrandt is known for his new and innovative printmaking techniques as well as his unorthodox depictions of biblical narratives -- he added emotional and psychological depth to his subjects through expressive faces, dramatic body language, and his bold use of shadow and light.
During Rembrandt's time, Amsterdam was known for welcoming immigrants, especially the Sephardic Jews who had been expelled from Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. Rembrandt thoroughly studied the Bible, and at times, he turned to Jewish theologians for insight into his depictions of Old Testament. Rembrandt also hired models from the Jewish community and received commissions from Jewish patrons.
The Jepson Center's exhibition has 21 etchings by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583-1633). These works highlight the artist’s nuanced relationship with Amsterdam’s citizens of the Jewish faith and the keen insights Rembrandt brought to interpretations of Old Testament Bible stories.
About the Jepson Center
Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center presents highlights from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection and also treats visitors to an ever-changing array of exceptional artwork—from classical European masters to daring emerging artists. The Jepson Center also features a hands-on children’s museum space, daily drop-in studio activities for all ages, and unique shopping.