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Rembrandt van Rijn
'Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves: an oval plate' Rembrandt original etching

1641

$9,500

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Rembrandt's print 'Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves: an oval plate' is one of the most captivating of the artist's oeuvre. Etched to an oval rather than a rectangular plate and then enhanced with drypoint, the composition shows Christ at the center, illuminated from above as though he himself is the light illuminating the scene. He is flanked on either side by the two thieves, and below groups of huddled figures mourn and observe. The print is noted for its especially intricate iconography, and may represent the exact moment of Christ's death. Rembrandt may have been inspired by the text from Matthew 27:46-54 when Christ cried out, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Rembrandt drew heavily on biblical sources in his work, as well as being influenced by other Baroque contemporaries. The nature of the media meant it was possible for Rembrandt to make continuous alterations (which he did over a several-year period), adding further etching and dry point, changing the composition of the picture and making the final image darker and more chaotic. etching and drypoint in black on cream laid paper; third state of three 1641 ca. 1820 impression 5.25 x 3.75 inches, plate 15.75 x 14.5 inches, frame Overall good condition; some wrinkles in upper corners; some light discoloration and foxing Presented in a gold-finish wood frame and mounted to 100% rag cream matboard and protected behind glass; framed to conservation standards using archival materials. Ref: Bartsch 79 i/ii; Hind 173; Biorklund-Barnard 41-2; Usticke 79 i/iii; New Hollstein 196 i/iii. Rembrandt van Rijn (15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative. Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt's later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters. Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity. In his paintings and prints he exhibited knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt's knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of Amsterdam's Jewish population. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets of civilization."

Details

  • Creator
    Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669, Dutch)
  • Creation Year
    1641
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in. (40.01 cm)Width: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
    1640-1649
  • Condition
    Overall good condition; some wrinkles in upper corners; some light discoloration and foxing.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12706c1stDibs: LU60537869882

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