Morgan Museum Uploads All Its Rembrandt Prints

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Self Portrait with Raised Sabre (1634). Courtesy the Morgan Library and Museum.

As of May 22, the Morgan Library and Museum‘s entire collection of Rembrandt prints, the largest in North America and one of the world’s richest, is available online. High-resolution images of the 488 prints can be browsed and downloaded through the museum’s “Rembrandt Prints Online” portal.

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Arnold Tholinx, Inspector (ca. 1656).
Courtesy the Morgan Library and Museum.

Until now some of the Rembrandt etchings were available for viewing, but only on-site at the Morgan, or in certain catalogues. Now all of them can be accessed online. They include classic subjects like his ubiquitous self-portraits and crucifixion scenes, as well as more unusual images such as the Sherlock-like inspector Arnold Tholinx (above) or his fantastic rendering of Adam and Eve with a dragon-like Satan looming over them (below).

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Adam and Eve (1638).
Courtesy the Morgan Library and Museum.

This is the latest major development in the Morgan’s broader digitization initiative. It has already digitized some 500 music manuscripts, including compositions by the likes of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart.

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, St. Jerome Reading (1634).
Courtesy the Morgan Library and Museum.

With the Rembrandts successfully uploaded, the Morgan will now turn all its attention to a considerably more daunting endeavor: digitizing its entire, 12,000-piece collection of drawings. That process has been underway since the fall of 2013, and is on track to reach 2,000 works scanned, catalogued, and uploaded by the end of June.

In the meantime, the Rembrandt collection offers plenty to peruse. The archive is divided by theme—into self-portraits, portraits, images with biblical subject matter, and landscapes.

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The Windmill (1641).
Courtesy the Morgan Library and Museum.


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