Rembrandt van Rijn

Opening Reception: Into the Image—Art in Miniature Across the Centuries

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center


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Opening reception from 5pm to 7pm; gallery talk at 5:30pm by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek and Professor of Classical Studies.

What lies behind the miniature's mysterious power to draw us in? Anyone who has gazed at a book illustration or spent hours enthralled by a smartphone screen understands the pleasure of absorption that beholding small things can provide. Collectability, demonstration of artistic virtuosity, and intimacy between spectator and object all imbue the miniature with certain charms. This exhibition of miniature artworks—curated by Miya Tokumitsu and drawn entirely from the Davison Art Center collection—features objects made across several centuries, and includes pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn and Henri Matisse.

Exhibition on display from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, November 24, 2019.

The exhibition will be closed from Friday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 4pm.

Image: Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). Man Drawing from a Cast, ca. 1641. Etching on cream laid paper. First state; shadow behind cast’s head barely distinguishable from shading on side. Plate: 93 x 63 mm (3.7 x 2.5 in.). DAC accession number 1947.D1.217. Gift of George W. Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892), 1947. Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (photo: R. Lee).