Witness the meteoric rise of Rembrandt, from his first tentative works as a teenager in his home town of Leiden, to the sublime masterpieces he produced in Amsterdam ten years later.

Beginning with his earliest known paintings, prints and drawings made in the mid-1620s, and ending at the moment he rockets to stardom in Amsterdam in the mid-1630s, this exhibition charts an astonishing transformation.




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This is the largest collection of works devoted to the young Rembrandt and includes over 30 of his paintings, and 90 drawings and prints from international and private collections.

Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to examine young Rembrandt’s work and observe his remarkable metamorphosis from insecure teenager to the greatest Dutch painter of all time.

Exhibition highlights


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“Revelatory – see one of our greatest masters emerge”

The Times

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“A rare opportunity to witness a great artist in the making”

The Telegraph

"An extraordinary exhibition"

The Sunday Times

"Packed with rarely loaned glories"

The Financial Times


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The exhibition has been generously supported by

The William Delafield Charitable Trust
The Friends of the Ashmolean
The Patrons of the Ashmolean
Edward Speelman Ltd
Charles and Alison Young
Ambassador J. William Middendorf II
The Catherine Lewis Foundation
Susan and Matthew Weatherbie
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Thriplow Charitable Trust
The Michael Marks Charitable Trust

Exhibition Curators

Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director-Emeritus of the Ashmolean Museum
An Van Camp, Curator of Northern European Art, Ashmolean Museum
Dr Christiaan Vogelaar, Curator of Old Master Paintings and Sculpture, Museum De Lakenhal