Butler shows prints by the Masters

Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes and Albrecht Dürer may be known best for their paintings, but an exhibition opening Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art focuses on a different aspect of their work.

“Rembrandt, Goya and Dürer: The Marvel of Old Masters” features more than 60 engravings, etchings and woodcuts created by the three masters.

Dürer (1471-1528) is one of the most acclaimed artists in German history and displayed artistry in both painting and engraving.

Rembrandt (1606-1669), considered the star of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, was an admirer of Dürer’s work and was a master in etching as well as painting.

Goya (1746-1828) was quoted as saying that he had “but three masters – nature, Rembrandt and (Diego) Velazquez.” He was regarded highly for his etchings as well as his paintings.

The prints featured are much smaller than the artists’ best-known paintings.

“They don’t have a lot of scale to them, but they show the artists at their very best,” said Louis A. Zona, executive director of the Butler. “What’s nice to me are the Rembrandt van Rijns. He knew about light and dark and the dramatic effect of light and dark. We know about his painted portraits and his use of light and dark there, and you can also see that coming through loud and clear in his prints.”

Zona said the artists influenced generations of American and international artists who followed them, and he also was impressed by the intricacy of the works featured.

“The key thing is to spend the time to look at them,” he said. “There are a lot of tiny details in them.”

This exhibition was organized by Carole Sorell Incorporated, which has created other traveling exhibitions displayed at the Butler; curated by Leigh Hendry and sponsored by the Park West Foundation. It will be on view in the Mesaros Galleries through Aug. 4.

If you go …

WHAT: “Rembrandt, Goya and Dürer: The Marvel of Old Masters”

WHEN: Sunday through Aug. 4. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown

HOW MUCH: Admission is free. For more information, go to www.butlerart.com or call 330-743-1107.


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