Nearly 500 Rembrandt Etchings Now Online

May 21, 2014 | Sophie Weiner

Thanks to the Morgan Library & Museum, you can now view almost 500 images of Rembrandt’s etchings online. The Morgan announced today that it has finished digitizing this collection, which offers insight into the artist’s process, surroundings and daily life. “Rembrandt used the process of etching to test concepts and themes, and the digitized works offer the opportunity to explore up-close his use of line, shading, and subject matter,” read’s the institutions announcement. The Rembrandt drawings are diverse, including pets, landscapes, nudes and self-portraits, yet all evoke a similarly sombre mood.

The Morgan has been on a digitizing spree lately, having begun efforts to archive its collections of drawings and music manuscripts. And they’re not alone – recently the Met offered 400,000 art images for free under a Creative Commons license.

The entire Rembrandt collection is available online here.