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Support us in the Discovery of Rembrandt’s Artworks!

Rembrandt – Hoogstraten. Color and Illusion, the first exhibition dedicated to Rembrandt van Rijn's masterpieces in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, will open in the fall of 2024. This major show will explore the secrets of how the master of Dutch painting used color, as well as his influence on followers like his pupil Samuel van Hoogstraten.

The exhibition is connected to an ambitious research project carried out in collaboration with prestigious international research institutions such as the the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam. State-of-the-art technological examinations of Rembrandt's and Hoogstraten's paintings in the Kunsthistorisches Museum will provide in-depth information about Rembrandt's painting technique and the materials he used, as well as later reworkings of his paintings. In addition, we hope to gain new information regarding the attribution of these works.

Left: Rembrandt, Rembrandt Small Self Portrait, around 1657, walnut, 48 x 40.6 cm.
Right: Samuel van Hoogstraten, Old man at the window, dated 1653, canvas, 111 × 86,5 cm.

The restoration workshop of the Picture Gallery has already begun with the preparations for the exhibition: they are examining our works by Rembrandt using the latest imaging techniques, and this has led to the discovery of color changes in the lower paint layers, the cause of which we do not yet know. Analyzing them and restoring these masterpieces is of utmost urgency.

A project of this magnitude represents an enormous financial challenge for us. We still need around € 50,000 to be able to carry out all the necessary investigations and restorations to preserve these masterpieces for future generations.

Please support us - your donation will help us to discover the secrets of Rembrandt's art, and to prepare these great masterpieces for the upcoming exhibition!

Sabine Haag, Director General of the KHM-Museumsverband

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we have already been able to implement many projects that would not have been feasible without financial assistance. I would like to thank all art lovers who contribute to our ability to fulfill our core tasks and to make art accessible to all, even in challenging times!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

The goals of this research and restoration project:

  • verifying the attributions of various works by Rembrandt or his workshop in the Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • the first-ever technological examination of Van Hoogstraten’s paintings in the Kunsthistorisches Museum to examine Rembrandt's influence on his students and followers
  • restoration of all the works by Rembrandt in the Kunsthistorisches Museum based on the findings of the technological investigations

Find more information here: Rembrandt - Hoogstraten. Color and Illusion.


For more information, please contact
Sandra Eichinger, BA
T +43 1 525 24 – 4038

Your donation is tax-deductible

account holder: KHM-Museumsverband
IBAN: AT70 6000 0005 1014 1679
reference: Donation Rembrandt project


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