Rembrandt was known for making prints as well as paintings. Because multiple impressions could be made from a copper plate, his etchings were easily distributed. Unique watermarks and other details can help date the sheet of paper. But because there are so many watermark types, identifying an unknown mark can be difficult and  time-consuming. 

Students in the spring Cornell course "Watermark Identification in Rembrandt's Etchings" have created new software to quickly identify these watermarks. At a special gallery talk on Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m., they will share their research and discuss the installation they curated of Rembrandt prints and related materials.

Recognizing Rembrandt: The Science of Art in Printmaking will be on view from May 11 to June 12 in the Museum's study gallery, Floor 2L.