Art Study Center Seminar: Rembrandt and the Interactive Arts of Drawing and Etching


Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:00am to 12:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

In this seminar, Joanna S. Seidenstein, the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow in the Division of European and American Art, will explore Rembrandt’s drawings and prints, focusing on his interest in the social and psychological dynamics of viewing—and interacting with—art. 

From the beginning of his career, Rembrandt cultivated a highly sophisticated audience of collectors and fellow artists. His studio became an important space for viewing and discussing art and art making. The works he produced—from quick sketches to etchings made for wide circulation—reward close, sustained looking, inviting viewers’ visual and intellectual engagement. This session will include a viewing of a special display of Rembrandt’s work in the galleries.

The year 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn, the greatest master of the Dutch Golden Age. Today’s seminar is offered as part an international celebration of the life and work of this extraordinary artist.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar will open on Friday, September 20, 2019, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please email

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk, and be prepared to present a photo ID. 
Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.