Rare Rembrandt Etchings to Be Displayed at Mattin
By Amy Cowles
Rembrandt at Homewood, an exhibition of 30 rare
etchings by the 17th-century Dutch master, will be open to
the public from Monday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 7, in
the F. Ross Jones Building of the Mattin Center on the
Homewood campus. The Hopkins community can get a sneak peek
this weekend, when the works will be hung for Leadership
Weekend. Exhibition hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
daily except Sunday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 7, when they
are noon to 5:30 p.m.
The prints are from the collection of alumni Morton
Mower and his wife, Toby. Morton Mower, who earned a
bachelor's degree from the School of Arts
and Sciences in 1955, is a cardiologist, former faculty
member at the
School of Medicine and co-inventor of the implantable
defibrillator. Toby Mower earned her nursing degree in 1976
from the university's Evening College, which is now
SPSBE. She worked
for many years as a nurse and addictions therapist before
becoming a professional volunteer for numerous local and
Collectors of Rembrandt's etchings for nearly a
decade, the Mowers, who live in Baltimore, are eager to
share their collection with the public. "Collecting these
etchings has been a unique opportunity to demystify some of
the techniques of art and gain insight into those times,"
Morton Mower said. "I've long been fascinated with modes of
multiple reproductions — silkscreen, lithography,
engraving. Etching was the photography of Rembrandt's day,
and he gives us a window into both the everyday life and
cosmopolitan themes that captured his imagination."
The prints reveal the breadth of Rembrandt's subjects,
from portraits and landscapes to historical and biblical
narratives. Noted print dealer and Rembrandt expert Ted
Donson will give a lecture on the collection at 5:30 p.m.
on Thursday, Oct. 28, in Room 101 of the Jones Building.
The exhibition and lecture are sponsored by the
Workshops, celebrating their 30th anniversary as the
undergraduate visual arts program of Johns Hopkins.
Baltimore-based art dealer Aaron Young has shared
curatorial expertise and given logistical support to the
"We are thrilled that the Mowers have chosen our
building in which to showcase and share their wonderful
collection," said Craig Hankin, director of the Art
Workshops. "We hope everyone will take the opportunity to
come and see these breathtaking works of art."
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