ActivityYour guide to the Rembrandt exhibition at Städel Museum, Frankfurt

Uncover the works of a Dutch master

The great Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn is being celebrated in Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition, a new exhibition which can be seen until Sunday 30 January. Here is your guide to the Rembrandt exhibition at Städel Museum, Frankfurt, just a 15-minute drive from Jumeirah Frankfurt.

 

Rembrandt

The Dutch Baroque painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (simply known as Rembrandt) is one of the world’s greatest artists. Born in 1606 in Leiden in the Netherlands to the son of a miller, he enrolled at the University of Leiden at the age of 14 but gave up after a few months to follow his passion and start an apprenticeship as a painter with a local artist.

Three years later, Rembrandt left for Amsterdam where he studied with the painter Pieter Lastman before moving back to Leiden, where he shared a studio with another painter, Jan Lievens, and became a well-known artist. From portraits and self-portraits to historical scenes and landscapes, Rembrandt’s work coincided with the Dutch Golden Age, a period of great cultural achievement that gave way to new, innovative genres.

While Rembrandt decided to stay in his native country, he closely followed the works of artists that had been to Italy, including Gerrit van Honthorst from Utrecht and the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. Rembrandt’s intense preoccupation with observing people and objects in great detail is visible in his early self-portraits, which were inspired by courtly portraits by the Italian painters Raphael and Titian.

In the early 1630s, Rembrandt returned to Amsterdam, where he was commissioned by families and organisations. During this time he created prominent works such as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicholaes Tulp in 1632 and went on to inspire artists such as Fragonard and Tiepolo as well as 19th-century realists.

Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition

The Städel Museum’s latest exhibition explores how the son of a miller became famous through his unique and idiosyncratic pictorial language. The retrospective covers Rembrandt’s journey from a young, ambitious artist from Leiden to a renowned artist in Amsterdam, showcasing 60 artworks, juxtaposed with paintings by other artists of his generation. You’ll find Frankfurt Museum holdings as well as works by Rembrandt and his contemporaries loaned from international museums such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Gemäldegalerie Berlin and the National Gallery in London.

Tracing his incredible rise and market domination in the 1630s to the mid-1650s, the exhibition includes Rembrandt’s landscapes, still lifes and realistic portraits. Look out for The Blinding of Samson from 1636, which depicts a biblical scene of Samson being seized by the Philistines after being shorn by his lover Delilah.

Near the museum

The Städel Museum is on Schaumainkai Street on the south side of the River Main, which is home to a flea market and an array of museums. Browse art from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania at the Museum of World Cultures then visit the Museum of Applied Art, designed by the American architect Richard Meier in 1985. Museum Embankment Festival also takes place here on the last weekend in August, during which the museums open late and food and drink stalls line the river.

Discover how Rembrandt changed the course of art history when you stay at Jumeirah Frankfurt, in the heart of the city.