Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
The Adoration of the Shepherds. A Night Piece
Etching, engraving and drypoint printed on Japanese paper.
Plate Mark: 149 x 196 mm
NHD 300, V
Des Tournelles (Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq) (1818-1882), Paris, sale, April 17-18, 1905; Otto Gerstenberg (1848-1935), Berlin; purchased from Harlow & Co., November 1922.
A clean wiped impression in which the fine mesh of lines evokes a darkened stable interior lit from two sources: the light of the lantern, which is reflected in the faces of the shepherds, and a hidden source of light which silhouettes Joseph and reveals the Mother and Child. (Boston 1969, no. 37)