Project Description

Rembrandt, The Adoration of the Shepherds: A Night Piece, 1657, etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper, framed
Rembrandt, The Adoration of the Shepherds: A Night Piece, 1657, etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper, unframed

The Adoration of the Shepherds:
A Night Piece, 1657

Rembrandt

1606-1669

Etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper
A remarkably fine, richly inked 17th century impression with burr, cut on the edge of the plate. With the curved strokes on the pillow above the child’s head. In this quality rare. White and Boon’s VIII state (of VIII) and New Hollstein’s VIII state (of XI). In the 1650s, Rembrandt’s interest in reworked night-shows was again strengthened. In no less than eight plate states he varies the likeness of the lanterns brought by the shepherds as well as of the light source behind the reading Josef in the front right. From work to work he reduced the light more and more and through the darkness he gained an ever greater concentration on the essentials of the happenings.
Museum collections featuring other examples of this rare print include: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York
B. 46; New Hollstein 300; H.255; BB. 52-1
5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

Artist

REMBRANDT, Harmensz van Rijn

Title 

The Adoration of the Shepherds: A Night Piece

Date

1657

Medium

Etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper

Inscriptions

Dimensions

5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.

Inventory Number

046914102