Old mastery, on the humble side : Rembrandt's etchings of beggars, some tiny in scale, make for a surprisingly rich show

In recent years, Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery has launched its academic seasons auspiciously, with notable shows from notable artists, including Richard Diebenkorn and Georges Rouault. Suddenly, this Fall, comes an artist no less celebrated than Rembrandt, in a surprisingly rich display of etchings dating from 1629-54. With the exhibition “Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings,” humility of subject and scale prevail. Magnifying glasses are available, the better to see some of the miniscule studies, scarcely larger than a driver’s license, but touched by the artist’s uncanny eye for form and character. The theme of the show, a traveling exhibition drawn from the John Villarino Collection, is beggars, presented in their element on mean Dutch streets, and occasionally in fanciful Biblical settings. more

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