The lecture that is going to be held on Monday 21st March 2016, 6,30pm at the Cathedral Museum, Mdina is organised by Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum. It is open to the general public and attendance is free of charge. Bookings are npt required as seating will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Martin Royalton Kisch spent his career at the British Museum, where he became Senior Curator of the Department of Prints and Drawings. He has written and lectured widely on European art by the Old Masters and has organised and assisted with exhibitions on Bruegel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dan Dyck, French drawings and on the history of collecting. His chief publications include Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (1992), the Light of Nature: Landscape Drawings and Watercolours by Van Dyck and his Contemporaries (1999) and Catalogue of Drawings by Rembrandt and his School in the British Museum, online research catalogue, British Museum (2010).
He also edited and/or contributed to Rembrandt the Printmaker (2000), Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Drawings and Prints (2001) and French Drawings: Clouet to Seurat (2005). He is currently compiling a catalgue of all Rembrandt’s known drawings (see rembrandtcatalogue.net).
The lecture will examine Rembrandt’s motivations as an artist and illustrator of biblical scenes, as well as how his etchings were produced and marketed. The quality and variety of his work, from informal sketches to highly finished works, will also be examined, as also the reasons why his art retains its fascination centuries later.