Rembrandt. Beneath the paint
Curator: Dr. Gabriele Groschner
Presentation of the scientific results of the research project "Rembrandt and Rembrandt school"
The painting Old Woman Praying, also known as Rembrandt's Mother, by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn is a distinctive work by virtue of the technique used. Painted on a gilded copper plate, the picture demonstrates the artist's outstanding technical skill. The small picture is a character study, a "tronie". The empathy evinced by the artist in his portrayal of the model is exceptional. The painting was purchased in 1980 for the collection of the Province of Salzburg, together with 69 other valuable pictures, from the Czernin collection in Vienna.
The results of the technical investigations carried out for the first time on this painting are now to be presented in an exhibition, allowing the public to take a look under the layers of paint, and thus "under the skin" of Rembrandt's painting.
New questions and methods of investigation document the master's initial thoughts and ideas by revealing the original, later discarded sketch. Material analyses afford information about the choice of pigments and binders.
In addition, the exhibition shows graphic works by Rembrandt dating from the same period, including portraits of his mother from the Albertina in Vienna and the Graphic Collection of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.
Co-operation partner: Scientific laboratory in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Exhibition design: Markus Huber, Visuelle Medien, Salzburg; Claudia Hell, restoration and gilding, Salzburg
Funding: Province of Salzburg
Material sponsors: XGLab S.R.L.: Spinoff del Politecnico di Milano
Harmensz. van Rijn Rembrandt, Old Woman Praying, Residenzgalerie Salzburg, Inv. No. 549, Picture: Fotostudio Ulrich Ghezzi, Oberalm © 2015 RGS/Ghezzi