Local collector lends Rembrandt prints to exhibit

Some of Rembrandt van Rijn’s New Testament prints from the 1650s, a private collection of 15 landmark works owned and presented by collectors Robert and Karen Hoehn of Del Mar, are on display at The Timken Museum of Art through May 2. The exhibit marks the opening of the museum’s 45th anniversary year.

One of the greatest artists of all time, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) is equally as famous for his etchings and drawings as he is for his paintings. “Rembrandt’s Recession: Passion and Prints in the Dutch Golden Age,” examines the artist’s views of pivotal moments in Jesus Christ’s life, in light of his own life and times.

Included in the exhibition are some of the Rembrandt’s most well known images, such “Christ Preaching” (Le Petite Tombe) of about 1652, “Christ at Emmaus” of 1654, and two of his greatest prints, the “Ecce Homo” of 1655 and the “Three Crosses” of about 1660.

“The images all display Rembrandt’s gift as one of the greatest artists of the human condition. All the prints are exceptional impressions and masterpieces of 17th century printmaking by one of the greatest printmakers of all time,” said John Wilson, Ph.D., executive director of the Timken Museum of Art.

“This is a perfect exhibition for our museum, which has long been known for being home to San Diego’s only Rembrandt painting on public display.” (The Timken Museum is home to Rembrandt’s “St. Bartholomew,” 1657.)

The exhibit is complemented by a fully-illustrated booklet and a number of education programs. Those set for February include:

  • Rembrandt Symposium: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre, USD; with speakers Dr. Stephanie Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Dr. Martin Royalton-Kisch, Senior Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, The British Museum, London; and Dr. Walter Liedtke,Curator of European Paintings; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Free admission.
  • Art in the Afternoon, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Free admission to the museums examining both the Timken exhibition and the show at The San Diego Museum of Art with John Marciari, Curator of European Art & Head of the Provenance Research at The San Diego Museum of Art.
  • Art in the Evening, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, “Rembrandt in the Shadow of Rubens” by Sir Christopher White, former director of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Timken Museum, $25-35.

If you go

  • What: ‘Rembrandt’s Recession: Passion and Prints in the Dutch Golden Age’
  • When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 2
  • Where: The Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact:, (619) 239-5548