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5 Things to Know About the Stetson Rembrandt Exhibit

DELAND, Fla. — Here are five things to know about the Rembrandt exhibit at Stetson University before you visit:

1. Rembrandt’s Influence

Dutch artist Rembrandt is one of the most influential printmakers in art history. For the next few weeks, you can practically press your nose to about 40 of his original works on display at Stetson University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center.

2. The Exhibit

The exhibit is called “Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes.” Sprinkled within the exhibit are a few fakes to teach visitors how to spot a forgery.

3. Live Demo

Back in the early to mid-1600s, copper plate etching was a fairly new technique. Nowadays, it’s an incredibly rare form of art.

“It’s a very old process and the process I’m using, not many people are doing it anymore,” said fine artist Chelsea Smith during a demo for a high school field trip in the exhibit hall. “Rembrandt has been my lifelong hero.”

You can see a live demo by Smith, using Rembrandt’s etching technique, next Tuesday, February 19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Stetson University’s Sampson Hall.

4. Etching

Smith explained the process to us and how she uses an exacto knife to carve her sketches.

“A lot of my stuff is based on Celtic and Norse mythology. My mom’s from England, and my dad’s side is from Ireland. I used to spend summers there,” she said.

Rembrandt is known for his portraits and studies of street life.

5. More Details

“Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes and Restrikes” is at Stetson University in DeLand through March 1. Admission is free.

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