How did Rembrandt make his paintings, etchings and drawings?

That’s the big question that this fascinating exhibition aims to answer. Not only that but also how do you go about such an investigation? The starting point is to create a laboratory setting within the museum complete with the latest cutting-edge technology, that will give visitors the opportunity to experience Rembrandt’s work through a scientist’s eye.

Divided into three key sections, ‘Hidden Ingredients’, ‘Rembrandt Mysteries’ and ‘Rembrandt at Work’, the exhibition takes viewers through ongoing research. Six case studies have been defined, each with different research questions, all accompanied by surprising and exciting new insights. High-tech scans provide detail about Rembrandt’s process, from the paint strokes he made through to the pigments, inks and other materials he used in his paintings, etchings and drawings.

At the heart of this exhibition is a collaboration, with art historians, historians, chemists and IT specialists all working together as fascinating insights unfold. The collaborative spirit goes further with the Rijksmuseum, the Cultural Agency of the Netherlands, Rijkserfgoed Laboratory, the University of Amsterdam and TU Delft (together united in NICAS), the Monuments and Archaeology Department of Amsterdam City Council, the RKD Institute for Art History, the Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings Project (WIRE) and independent researchers all taking part.

For the kids

The interactive nature of this exhibition makes it perfect for kids. In fact, there is even a special Rembrandt Junior Lab Route that educates the little ones on where art meets science.