Jan 9, 2007

Christ Preaching ('La Petite Tombe')

Christ Preaching ('La Petite Tombe')

c. 1652

Rembrandt van Rijn

(Dutch, 1606–1669)

Etching, drypoint, and burin

Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 15.8 x 21 cm (6 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.); Platemark: 15.5 x 20.7 cm (6 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in honor of William Mathewson Milliken 1958.306

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 67 (XVIII.34); Hinterding et al. 2000 68



Rembrandt’s prints with biblical subject matter often focus on Christ’s relationships with ordinary people. Here, he depicted Christ preaching in a humble village, with onlookers ranging from distracted children to turbaned merchants. Rembrandt worked more prolifically in etching than any artist before him, using it for about 300 prints. This work demonstrates the draftsman-like, sketchy technique he brought to the medium. In this impression, he allowed ink to remain on the plate’s surface during printing to create the dramatic shadows in the background, producing a contrast to the spiritual glow of light emanating from Christ.

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