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May 24, 2022

s2e20 History of Prints Rembrandt (religious scenes)

s2e20 History of Prints Rembrandt (religious scenes)

Humanizing biblical figures


In s2e20, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig conclude their discussion of Rembrandt van Rijn, the man who made etching was it is today. In this third of three episodes on Rembrandt, they tackle his etchings of religious scenes. Rembrandt made a lot of them and they are intense. They are special because Rembrandt humanizes the people in them, which really hadn't happened before. It's almost as if viewers can find themselves in the scenes. Biblical stories are brought to life under Rembrandt's sure hand.

After this episode, we are taking a summer hiatus. Platemark series two: A History of Prints will return in late summer. In the meantime, episodes from series three will be previewed. Series three features interviews with luminaries of the print ecosystem. Stay tuned for those.

Images discussed are below along with their credit/institution.

Episode image: Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses (iv/iv state), c. 1660. Drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 385 x 451 mm. British Museum, London.

 


Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, 1639. Etching, drypoint, and engraving. Plate: 7 7/8 x 6 5/16 in. (20 x 16 cm.); sheet: 8 5/16 x 6 5/8 in. (21.1 x 16.8 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Self-Portrait Etching at a Window, 1648. Etching, drypoint, and engraving. Plate: 6 1/8 x 5 1/16 in. (15.5 x 12.9 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). The Night Watch, 1642. Oil on canvas. 437 x 363 cm. City of Amsterdam.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). The Three Trees, 1643. Etching, engraving, and drypoint. Plate: 8 3/8 x 10 15/16 in. (21.3 x 27.8 cm.); sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. (21.3 x 28.3 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Jan Six, 1647. Etching, engraving, and drypoint. Sheet: 9 5/8 × 7 5/8 in. (24.4 × 19.3 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). The Rat Catcher, 1632. Etching. 140 x 125 mm. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Jan Uytenbogaert (The Gold Weigher), 1639. Etching and drypoint. Plate: 9 15/16 × 8 1/16 in. (25.2 × 20.5 cm.); sheet: 10 7/16 × 8 9/16 in. (26.5 × 21.8 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Jan Cornelisz. Sylvius, preacher, 1646. Etching, drypoint, and engraving. Sheet: 10 13/16 x 7 1/2 in. (27.4 x 19 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640). The Descent from the Cross, 1612–14. Oil on panel. 420.5 × 320 cm. (165 1/2 × 130 in.). Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp.

Lucas Vorsterman I (Flemish, 1595–1675), after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640). The Descent from the Cross, 1620. Engraving. 567 x 430 mm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). The Descent from the Cross, 1650/52. Oil on canvas. 142 x 110.9 cm (55 7/8 x 43 11/16 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). The Descent from the Cross, 1633. Etching. Sheet: 20 9/16 x 15 1/16 in. (52.2 x 38.3 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Before Pilate (the large plate), 1636. Etching. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 21 3/4 x 17 5/8 in. (553 x 448 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Adam and Eve, 1638. Etching. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 6 7/16 x 4 5/8 in. (16.3 x 11.7 cm.). Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528). The Fall of Man or Adam and Eve, 1504. Engraving. 25.1 x 20 cm (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Studies of the Head of Saskia and Others, 1636. Etching. 151 x 126 mm. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Presentation in the Temple, c. 1640. Etching and drypoint. Sheet: 218 × 296 mm. (8 9/16 × 11 5/8 in.); plate: 213 × 290 mm. (8 3/8 × 11 7/16 in.). Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.


[DETAIL] Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Presentation in the Temple, c. 1640. Etching and drypoint. Sheet: 218 × 296 mm. (8 9/16 × 11 5/8 in.); plate: 213 × 290 mm. (8 3/8 × 11 7/16 in.). Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Death of the Virgin, 1639. Etching and drypoint. Sheet: 413 × 317 mm. (16 1/4 × 12 1/2 in.); plate: 409 × 315 mm. (16 1/8 × 12 3/8 in.). Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Sheet of Studies with a Woman Lying Ill in Bed, c. 1641/42. Etching. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 139 x 152 mm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Martin Schongauer (German, 1435/50–1491). Death of the Virgin, c. 1455-91. Engraving. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 10 1/16 × 6 5/8 in. (25.5 × 16.8 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642. Etching, engraving, and drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 6 × 6 15/16 in. (15.3 × 17.6 cm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642. Etching, engraving, and drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 5 7/8 x 6 ¾ in. (15.1 × 17.3 cm.). Sotheby’s, London.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642. Etching, engraving, and drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 5 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. (15.1 × 17.5 cm.). Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642. Etching, engraving, and drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 5 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. (15.1 × 17.3 cm.). Bonham’s, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). The Hundred Guilder Print: Christ with the Sick around Him, c. 1648. etching, drypoint, and engraving on Japanese paper. 280 x 394 mm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Abraham Caressing Isaac, c. 1637. Etching and drypoint. 116 x 89 mm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Abraham and Isaac, c. 1645. Etching and engraving. 155 x 128 mm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Abraham’s Sacrifice, 1655. Etching and drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 6 5/16 × 5 1/4 in. (161 × 134 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Presented to the People: Ecce Homo (state ii/viii), 1655. Drypoint. Plate: 15 1/8 x 17 5/8 in. (384 x 448 mm.); sheet: 15 3/8 x 17 7/8 in. (391 x 454 mm.). St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis.

Lucas van Leyden (Netherlandish, c. 1494–1533). Ecce Homo, 1510. Engraving. Sheet: 11 3/8 x 17 15/16 in. (289 x 456 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Presented to the People: Ecce Homo (state iv/viii), 1655. Drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 14 5/16 x 17 7/8 in. (364 x 454 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Presented to the People: Ecce Homo (state viii/viii), 1655. Drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 14 x 17 15/16 in. (356 x 455 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses (state i/iv), 1653. Drypoint on vellum. Plate: 15 x 17 1/4 in. (381 x 438 mm.); sheet: 15 1/8 x 17 7/16 in. (384 x 443 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses (state iii/iv), c. 1660. Drypoint. Sheet: 15 5/16 × 17 15/16 in. (389 × 456 mm.); plate: 15 3/16 × 17 7/8 in. (385 × 454 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses (state iv/iv), c. 1660. Drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 15 1/16 x 17 1/2 in. (382 x 444 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses (state iv/iv), c. 1660. Drypoint. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 385 x 451 mm. British Museum, London.


Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Saint Jerome Kneeling in Prayer, Looking Down, 1635. Etched copper plate. 116 x 82 mm. (4 9/16 x 3 ¼ in.). Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.


Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Saint Jerome Kneeling in Prayer, Looking Down, 1635. Etching. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 115 x 82 mm. (4 1/2 x 3 ¼ in.). Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.


Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669) and William Baillie (Irish, 1723–1810). The Hundred Guilder Print: the central part with Christ Preaching, the plate arched, c. 1648 and 1775–1800. Etching and drypoint. 280 x 190 mm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


The Hundred Guilder Print, available on many household goods at pixels.com.

Platemark is produced by Ann Shafer
Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
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