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Telfair Museums to host 'Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience'
Abraham’s Sacrifice, 1655 B. 35, I/I (White & Boon only state); H. 283 Etching on laid paper with pen and ink ruled lines 6 1/8 x 5 ¼ in.
An exhibition of etchings by the Dutch seventeenth-century master, Rembrandt van Rijn, will be on view at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, beginning March 15.

The exhibit explores the impact of Judaism on the life and work of Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), who lived and worked in the immigrant-friendly Dutch city of Amsterdam, which hosted many Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal.

“The theme of this exhibition is particularly relevant here in Savannah, home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the country. Savannah’s first Jewish settlers arrived in 1733, just a few months after the city was founded by James Edward Oglethorpe. These settlers fled from Europe to Georgia for many of the same reasons of persecution and discrimination that drove so many Jews to settle in Amsterdam during Rembrandt’s lifetime,” said Courtney McNeil, Telfair Museums’ Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection showcases 21 etchings with Judaic subjects by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583–1633).

“Rembrandt’s etchings are truly masterful, and the incredible details of line and shadow must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. We are thrilled to be bringing such an important collection of Rembrandt prints to Savannah for our members and visitors to enjoy,” said McNeil.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection is on view at the Jepson Center March 15- June 30, 2019.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection is organized by Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California. The presentation of this exhibition at Telfair Museums is curated by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Investment provided by the City of Savannah.

Members-Only Opening Lecture by Dr. Shelley Perlove

Thursday, March 14, 6pm / Jepson Center

Free to members.

To open the Rembrandt exhibition, Telfair presents a lecture by noted scholar Dr. Shelley Perlove.

Sunday Curator’s Talk

Sunday, April 28, 3pm / Jepson Center

With speaker Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs. Free to members. To register, please contact Calli Laundre at 912.790.8807 or