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Inter-institutional research resource on paintings by Rembrandt (Rembrandt Database)

Project Executing Organization:
Andrew W. Mellon-Foundation,
Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie in Den Haag/Niederlande

Cooperation Partners:
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden; Mauritshuis, Den Haag; Metropolitan Museum New York; National Gallery, London; Louvre, Paris etc.

The Dresden Rembrandt collection holds with seven paintings one of the most important work groups of the artist. It will provide data in the fields of art history, history of the collection, technology and preservation as well as images including x-ray and infra-red scans for the database, which is currently being built. After the inspection of Rembrandt's “The Rape of Ganymed” had been completed, the examination of “Self-Portrait with Saskia” and “The Bittern Hunter” are executed.

  • Rembrandt Harmesz. van Rijn, Ganymed in the Claws of the Eagle, 1635, Oil on canvas, 177 x 129 cm; Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen
  • Rembrandt Harmesz. van Rijn, Rembrandt and Saskia in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, c. 1635, Oil on canvas, 161 x 131 cm; Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Results and Aims:
Continuous research on the Rembrandt holdings, digitalizing of the photo material, inclusion of all data in the Rembrandt database


Andrew W. Mellon-Foundation

Project manager:
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Maaz, director of the Kupferstich-Kabinett and the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Dr. Uta Neidhardt, chief conservator of Dutch painting in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Project Assistants:
Dr. des. Christoph Schölzel, restorer in the restoration workshop Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister/ Galerie Neue Meister