The Entombment

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
1606-1669
The Entombment
ca. 1654
Etching, drypoint and burin on paper.
211 x 161 mm
RvR 135
NHD 284, III
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Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876), Paris; Theodore Irwin (1827-1902), Oswego, New York; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1900.
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Stampfle, Felice et al. Rembrandt, experimental etcher. Boston : Museum of Fine Arts, 1969, no. 82.
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Matthew 27:60, Mark 15:46-47, Luke 23:53 and John 19:41-42.
A light semicircle has been burnished behind the skulls, throwing them into relief. Diagonal shading darkens the block projecting from the right margin. Heavy plate tone almost swallows up the figures at the left while wiping focuses a strong light on the body of Christ. (Boston 1969, no. 82)

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