Beginning on Oct. 30th, the highly-acclaimed North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) will become the first venue, and only East Coast venue, to showcase the exceptional Rembrandt in America exhibition. This exquisite collection is the largest of Rembrandt paintings ever presented in an American exhibition, not to mention the first to provide a detailed exploration of the American collecting history of Rembrandts.

Including both autograph paintings as well as others thought to be by Rembrandt when they entered American collections, this 50-piece exhibit includes some of the finest paintings by the Dutch master. The exhibit goes beyond the art, too, with a thorough and enlightening investigation of collecting and connoisseurship, with a focus on individual paintings. A personal account is included in this exploration, as the NCMA itself acquired two paintings in the 1950s thought to be by Rembrandt. The pieces have since been attributed to other artists, but they provide excellent context for examining the larger issue of collecting Rembrandts during the 20th century.

Rembrandt in America will be on display in the East Building’s Meymandi Exhibition Gallery through January 22, 2012. Adult tickets are $18, and audio guides are also available for $5 or free of charge if you download them online. For helpful resources about Rembrandt, a Raleigh hotel/shopping deal and other visitor information, visit this site.