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September 3, 2004
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Rare Rembrandt Etchings
To Be Displayed at Johns Hopkins

"Rembrandt at Homewood," Oct. 25 through Nov. 7

"Rembrandt at Homewood," an exhibition of 30 rare etchings by the 17th century Dutch master, will be on display Monday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 7, in the F. Ross Jones Building of the Mattin Center on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Exhibition hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, except Sunday, October 31, noon to 5:30 p.m.

The beautiful prints are from the collection of Johns Hopkins alumni and Baltimore residents Dr. Morton Mower and his wife, Toby. Dr. Mower, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in 1955, is a cardiologist and co-inventor of the implantable defibrillator, a device with many times the energy output of an implantable pacemaker. He was also a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine earlier in his career. Toby Mower earned her nursing degree in 1976 from the university's Evening College, what is now the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. She worked for many years as a nurse and addictions therapist before becoming a professional volunteer for numerous local and national organizations. Collectors of Rembrandt's etchings for nearly a decade, the Mowers 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," Dr. 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. The talk will take place in Room 101 of the Jones Building and, like the exhibition itself, is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available near the South Gate, off Wyman Park Drive, and is a short walk from Mattin Center.

The exhibition and lecture are sponsored by the Homewood Art Workshops, celebrating its 30th anniversary as the undergraduate visual arts program of The Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore-based art dealer Aaron Young has shared curatorial expertise and given logistical support to the exhibition.

"We are thrilled that the Mowers have chosen our building 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."

For information, contact Craig Hankin, chankin@jhu.edu or 410-516-6705. To download digital images of selected etchings, visit www.jhu.edu/~artwork/student96.html. Members of the media may contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960.

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