Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves: 'The Three Crosses'

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
1606-1669
1653
Drypoint on paper.
385 x 450 mm
RvR 124
NHD 274, IV
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Karl Eduard von Liphart (1808-1891), Dorpat, Bonn and Florence; George W. Vanderbilt (1862-1914); from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1905.
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Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:21-41 and Luke 23:33-48.
[In comparison with other impressions of state IV,] relatively little surface tone has been employed on the left side of the plate, exposing a surprisingly spare network of lines and [clarifying the design of horses and figures, while] disturbing the sense of compositional balance. This example reveals how important surface ink is for the success of impressions of this state. (Boston 1969, no. 63. [modified])
Margins ca. 4 mm
On European paper without watermark.

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