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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669)
Two Studies of Saskia Asleep
Pen and brown ink, brown wash; traces of framing line
5 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches (130 x 171 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924; I, 180
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This drawing is one of a sizable group of studies representing a woman in bed, which, given their intimate character, are presumed to represent the artist's wife Saskia, who was confined to bed at least four times between 1635 and her death in 1642. If the subject is indeed Saskia, then the sheet probably dates to about 1635–37, given her healthy appearance.

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