Etching; 9,4 x 14,4 cm
signed and dated upper left: ‘Rembrandt. f. 1654’ (d reversed)
as well as centre left: ‘Rembrandt | f 1654’
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This etching depicts the scene in a stable with Joseph holding the new born Jesus with Mary seated on the left, with a figure standing behind her. They are bathed in light. On the right is a group of people in the shadows, there is one man leaning over the child ready to perform the circumcision.
As one of the towering figures in the history of art, Rembrandt, a miller’s son from the university town of Leiden, was an artist of unmatched genius. Equally gifted as a painter, printmaker, and draftsman, Rembrandt proved himself to be as skillful at making portraits as he was at creating religious and mythological narratives. His landscapes are just as remarkable as his rare still lifes and subjects detailing everyday life.
Widely recognized as the greatest practitioner of the etching technique in the history of art, Rembrandt created 300 prints that constitute a body of work unparalleled in richness and beauty. During his lifetime, Rembrandt’s extraordinary skills as a printmaker were the main source of his international fame. Unlike his oil paintings, prints travelled light and were relatively cheap. For this reason, they soon became very popular with collectors not only within, but also beyond the borders of the Netherlands.
Bartsch 47; White/Boon 47;
The New Hollstein Dutch 280, first state of II ;
Nowell-Usticke: C2, Plate in existence at the Rijksmuseum.
A clear impression of the first state of two, with narrow to thread margins, trimmed to the platemark in places.