Rembrandt’s Orient

The exhibition (Rembrandt’s Orient. West Meets East in Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century) examines how Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1609) and contemporary artists of the Dutch Golden Age reacted to the areas of Orient, the area of the Near, Middle and Far East that came to the fore through trade, travel and publications. The show is not limited to Rembrandt’s oeuvre. In addition to works by his colleagues and students, the presentation includes publications and other sources that illustrate the contemporary vision of the Orient. Placing Rembrandt’s work in this broader context reveals both the ways in which his take on the East was typical of his time and what set his perspective on its cultures apart from those of his contemporaries.