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“The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds” is one of the many prints on display by Rembrandt (1606-1669) at ASUMH. Click to enlarge.

(Mountain Home) – The Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) recently installed a display of 13 prints and etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn created between the 16th and 17th centuries. The selected works on long-term loan to ASUMH from an anonymous collector are of a Biblical theme and are located on the north end of the Dale Bumpers Great Hall.

The fine prints by Rembrandt (1606-1669), who was a master of light and shadow, are among the paintings, drawings and prints that have placed him as one of the greatest creative talents of all time. For each of the prints on display, there is a date and a reference to chapter and verse of the Biblical subjects.

Prints on display at ASUMH include the following:

  • The Death of the Virgin – 1639, no scripture cited
  • The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds – 1634, Luke 2: 8-14
  • Return of the Prodigal Son – 1636, Luke 15: 11-32
  • The Flight Into Egypt: a Night Piece – 1651, Matthew 2:13-15
  • The Descent From the Cross – 1633, John 19: 38-42
  • Adoration of the Shepherds: a Night Piece – about 1652, Luke 2: 15-16
  • Joseph Telling His Dreams – 1638, Genesis 37: 1-11
  • The Raising of Lazareth – about 1630, John 11: 1-44
  • Christ at Emmaus – 1634, Luke 24: 13-31
  • Christ Preaching – about 1652, no scripture cited
  • Christ and the Woman of Samaria: Among Ruins – 1634, John 4: 5-42
  • The Good Samaritan – 1633, Luke 10: 30-35
  • Agony in the Garden – about 1657, Luke 22: 39-46

Rembrandt was born in 1606 in Leiden, a city in the Dutch province of South Holland, and died in 1669 in Amsterdam. According to The Complete Etchings of Rembrandt, edited by Gary Schwartz, it was Rembrandt’s etchings, more than his paintings and drawings, that most palpably changed the course of the history of art.

Admission to view the exhibit is free. Hours of operation at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. For more information on the exhibit, contact Christy Keirn in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 870-508-6109.

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