Featured Acquisition

Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn began etching early in his career, eventually creating about 300 prints. Though he was also a painter, he rarely depicted the same subjects in both media, and only sometimes reproduced his paintings in print form. Above all, he was a great innovator and experimenter in this medium, and his impact on printmaking is still reflected in etchings produced today. 

This small portrait is said to depict Samuel Menasseh ben Israel (1604–1657), also known by his Portuguese name Manoel Dias Soeiro. Menasseh ben Israel was a well-known rabbi, kabbalist, writer, diplomat, publisher, and printer, working in Amsterdam at the same time of Rembrandt. Menasseh’s parents left Portugal because of the Inquisition and moved to the Netherlands in 1610. He established the first Hebrew press in the Netherlands and gained an international reputation explaining the doctrines and beliefs of Judaism. Menasseh was friends with Rembrandt, who lived near him in the Breedstraat. The rabbi supplied Rembrandt with various texts and Hebrew writings for use in his paintings, and Rembrandt illustrated one of his books with etchings.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn Dutch, 1606–1669. Samuel Menasseh ben Israel, 1636. Etching on paper. 51/4 × 41/4 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2017.200

Acquisitions

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Dutch, 1606–1669
Samuel Menasseh ben Israel, 1636
Etching on paper 5 1/4 × 4 1/4 inches
Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents,
Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2017.200 
Paul Frets
American, born 1935
Untitled (from Genesis Series), 1969
Acrylic on canvas and wood
24 × 22 × 3 1/2 inches
Gift of Paul and Jerry Frets, 2017.201   
Paul Frets
American, born 1935
Untitled (from Genesis Series), 1969
Acrylic on canvas and wood
24 × 22 × 3 1/2 inches
Gift of Paul and Jerry Frets 2017.202  
Paul Frets
American, born 1935
Passage 125, 1971
Acrylic on canvas and wood
19 3/4 × 19 3/4 × 2 3/4 inches
Gift of Paul and Jerry Frets, 2017.203 
Olmec culture
Celt, 1200–600 BCE
Jade 7 3/4 inches
Gift of Perry J. Lewis, 2017.204 
Earl Barnett
American, 1917–2003
Untitled (Piano Player), n.d.
Oil on canvas
20 × 28 inches
Gift of the Estate of Seymour and Audrey Slott, 2017.205 
Seymour Slott
American, 1920–1977
Portrait of Eddie, n.d.
Oil on canvas
30 × 17 inches
Gift of the Estate of Seymour and Audrey Slott, 2017.206 
Sarah Pace Carothers
American, 1910–1999
Women Working (African American), ca. 1940
Aquatint on paper
4 5/8 × 3 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Jamile T. Lawand, 2017.207 
Robert Kipniss
American, born 1931
As The Day Ends (preparatory drawing), 2016
Ink on paper 
8 1/8 × 5 1/16 inches 
Gift of James F. White, 2017.208.1 
Robert Kipniss
American, born 1931
As The Day Ends (printing plate), 2016
Copper plate 7 7/8 × 7 1/8 inches 
Gift of James F. White, 2017.208.2 
Robert Kipniss
American, born 1931
As The Day Ends, 2016
Mezzotint on paper
12 1/2 × 10 3/8 inches 
Gift of James F. White, 2017.208.3 
Robert Kipniss
American, born 1931
Strong Trees in the Wind (printing plate), 2011
Copper plate
73/4 × 65/8 inches
Gift of James F. White, 2017.209 
Attributed to William F. Cogswell   
American, 1819–1903
Mrs. John Lafon and Mary Lafon, n.d.
Oil on canvas
37 × 31 inches
Gift of Art and Susan Yeotis, 2017.210 
Stephan Chizmarik
Austria-Hungary, 1898–1962
Untitled, n.d.
Oil on masonite
20 × 24 inches
Gift of Jonni Kaberle, 2017.211
Ben Shahn
American, born Lithuania, 1898–1969
Skowhegan, 1965
Wood engraving on paper
16 1/4 × 12 1/4 inches
Gift of Jonni Kaberle, 2017.212 
Kathryn Kennedy Sharbaugh
American, born 1948
A Thin Net, 2004
Porcelain
1 x 15 × 12 1/2 inches
Gift of Jonni Kaberle, 2017.213 
Slocum
American
Untitled, n.d.
Oil on masonite
20 × 25 inches
Gift of Jonni Kaberle, 2017.214 
Mose Tolliver
American, 1919–2006
Racing Horse, n.d.
Oil on wood
12 × 19 1/4 inches
Gift of Jonni Kaberle, 2017.215 
Olmec culture
Incised Mask, n.d.
Green stone
7 1/4 inches
Gift of an Anonymous Friend, 2017.216 
Maya culture
Mosaic Mask, n.d.
Jade
3 3/4 inches
Gift of an Anonymous Friend, 2017.217 
Olmec culture
Blind Mask, n.d.
Green stone
8 1/4 inches
Gift of an Anonymous Friend, 2017.218 
Teotihuacan
Tecali, n.d.
Calcite
7 3/4 inches
Gift of an Anonymous Friend, 2017.219 
Chontal
Mask, n.d.
Granite
6 5/8 inches
Gift of an Anonymous Friend, 2017.220