St. Jerome Reading in an Italian Landscape

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
St. Jerome Reading in an Italian Landscape
ca. 1653
Etching and drypoint, printed on Japanese paper.
259 x 210 mm
RvR 165
NHD 275, I
Henry Brodhurst (ca.1860), Dale Close and Mansfield; George W. Vanderbilt (1862-1914); from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1905.

Watermark: None.
The warm tonality of the Japanese paper of this impression suggests a landscape radiant with sunlight. Careful wiping of the hillside in the distance not only reinforces this effect, but also provides a sharper contrast to the exceptionally dark drypoint burr on the lion and the vegetation of the foreground, thus creating a greater illusion of depth. The horizontal lines of abrasion resulting form the polishing of the plate have been retained for their tonal effect. (Boston 1969, no. 51)