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Rembrandt at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

We were in Minneapolis for a wedding this weekend and friends took us to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to see Rembrandt in America, at the 3rd and final stop for this amazing exhibit. 

I was incredulous how often experts changed their opinions on the same painting - was it by Rembrandt or was it by an artist from his workshop?  The exhibit was also extraordinary because the provenance for each painting was detailed on the identification label.  It was wonderful to see where these paintings traveled over 300+ years.

After seeing the Rembrandt paintings, I looked at the museum's holdings of Rembrandt etchings and sketched The Girl With the Basket from 1642.  The original print is approximately 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so I had trouble seeing the details.

Here is a copy of the original from the internet (public domain).  I found this after we returned to NYC, and can finally see the details of the etching.


 Here is my pen and ink drawing that was inspired by this very sweet, and very small etching:




Very nice! Like the pen and ink technique.

Dear Shirley!

I stumbled on to your blog several months ago. I am taken by your interests. You are gifted. So what does Barry do in his spare time or is he still working?


Great sketching. Having etchers as example to learn is great for the drawing skills and also, for instance, I find useful to see how they make hatching and cross hatching.
Lovely, again, as all your posts!


You zeroed in on a terrific sketch!

Love your copy. It is actually easier to comprehend than the original. You did an excellent job on this.

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