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The Golden Hour: Rembrandt’s Etchings and Societal Transformation in the Seventeenth Century

February 13 through March 22, 2020

On view in Goldman, Richard, and Rushton Stakely Galleries

Rembrandt van Rijn’s (Dutch, 1606–1669) name is synonymous with the greatness–even genius–of artistic expression that transcends time and space. After four centuries, his continuing recognition as one of the giants of art history resides in the masterful technique and content of his work, which embodies shared human beliefs and emotions. Producing well over 200 print compositions, his reputation as a printmaker was secured in his lifetime and has only been enhanced over time.

The seventeenth century in Holland and Western Europe was a time of rapid change in the spheres of class structure, economics, politics, and religion. Communication and trade across borders precipitated the spread of ideas that transformed societies, nurturing the earliest seeds of modernization. As an artist of that period, Rembrandt’s renown as a painter was heightened and spread by the prints he disseminated through impressions and etchings.

This exhibition of 42 etchings from the Museum’s collection will focus on images of people and places that convey the state of the seventeenth-century Dutch society as it evolved from a feudal, agrarian-based state to one informed by advances in commerce and technology.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.


Lead Sponsor

Joan Loeb


Winifred and Charles Stakely


Laura and Michael Luckett.

Related Programs

Coffee with the Curators

Thursday, February 13
8:30–10 AM

Museum members are invited to join us for coffee and conversation with the curators of The Golden Hour, Pieces and Patterns, and Will Henry Stevens exhibitions.

Winters North and South Celebration

Thursday, February 13
Members-only from 4–5 PM
Public opening at 5 PM

Museum members are also invited to gather with us for a celebration of winters north and south. Participants will cozy up on the terrace, sip on specialty cocktails, and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. They will have an opportunity to engage with the new exhibitions in unique and exciting ways by hearing from artists and having their portraits captured, all while enjoying the sounds of live music.

Exhibition preview



Featured image:

Photography of the 2020 installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.