Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669) original etching titled Bust of a Man Wearing a High Cap. It is matted and framed under glass in a tasteful golden frame, and the entire piece with frame measures 8.5 inches x 9.25 inches. This piece was printed in 1630 and is believed to be Rembrandt’s Father. The actual piece measures 3.0 inches by 3.75 inches (7.5cm x 9.5cm). It was examined outside of the frame and it is in very good condition. The narrowness of the lines and the toning of the paper suggest that this piece was pressed in 1630. Acquired from a Metro Washington DC area estate.

  • Acquired from a Metro Washington DC area estate.
  • Dimensions:
  • 8.5 inches x 9.25 inches
  • Artist Name:
  • Rembrandt Van Rijn
  • Medium:
  • Etching
  • Circa:
  • 1630
  • Notes:
  • About the Artist: Rembrandt is revered not only as a painter, but also as a supreme master of etchings. His work in etching spanned most of his career and embraced the wide range of subjects he pursued in his painting: portraits, landscapes, biblical scenes, pictures with allegorical and mythological themes, and more. We know almost nothing about the distribution of Rembrandt's etchings. It seems possible that Rembrandt printed them in his own studio; he may even have been responsible for their distribution. The high standard of the impressions and the frequent reworking of the plates support such an assumption. It seems probable that the majority of Rembrandt's plates were still in his studio during the last years, even though they are not listed in the inventory of 1656. Nevertheless, one cannot exclude the possibility that outside publishers were requited. An etched plate can only produce a certain number of high-quality impressions because the process of printing wears down the etched lines, making them more indistinct with every impression. Approximately one hundred excellent impressions could have been obtained from one of Rembrandt's plates.  However, this number sank drastically if drypoint was used because the burr is much more fragile. From such plates Rembrandt may have acquired 15 to 20 excellent impressions, a number which is consistent with existing examples. The velvet tonality so characteristic of the technique diminishes with impression made over and above this number.
  • Condition:
  • Excellent

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