Everything Beautiful in its Time: Five Centuries of Prints from the Jansma Collection

Sep 2, 2023 — Dec 2, 2023
Level 1 Galleries

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

About the Exhibition

Spanning five centuries of printmaking, Everything Beautiful in its Time: Five Centuries of Prints from the Jansma Collection will feature the complete Jansma Print Collection, including works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Édouard Manet, and Max Pechstein, among others. The exhibition celebrates the generosity of the Jansma family whose goal was to bring together works of Christian devotion by renowned printmakers who exhibited an outstanding level of ingenuity and skill. The Jansma Print Collection is comprised of nearly 100 etchings, engravings, and woodcuts spanning the 15th to the 20th Centuries. This exhibition will highlight two important additions by Martin Schongauer, arguably the most important European printmaker of the 15th century and a great inspiration to the young Albrecht Dürer.

Biblical stories and figures have offered artists a vast amount of visual material throughout history. Everything Beautiful in its Time explores several Biblical narratives as interpreted by different artists over multiple centuries. From the suffering of Job to the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, as well as numerous depictions of Christ’s Passion, the same scenes repeatedly appear in radically different ways as trends and techniques change over time.


This exhibition was organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum with Guest Curator, Henry Luttikhuizen, Scholar-in-Residence for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University.