Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Four Illustrations to Menasseh Ben Israel's 'Piedra Gloriosa' A. The image seen by Nebuchadnezzar
Etching and engraving with drypoint, on paper.
96 x 76 mm
NHD 288a, V
Henry Danby Seymour (1820-1877), London and Trent; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), Oswego, New York; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
Signed and dated below all four illustrations lower left, "Rembrandt f 1655".
Watermark: Fragment of crown.
From the divided plate.
See also RvR 44.
The head band is brought lower down on the forehead to the level of the eyebrows, and the shadow on the left side of the head burnished away. The names of the nations added: on the forehead, "Babel"; on the left arm, "Medi"; on the right arm, "Persi"; on the stomach, "Graeci"; on the left leg, "Mahometani"; and on the right leg, "Romani". (White and Boon)