Every week, we highlight an artwork that is part of the collection of The Rembrandt House Museum, or currently on view at the museum. The one-hundredth object (!) we would like to show you today, is this etching by Rembrandt that is currently part of our exhibition Rembrandt’s Etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection: Rembrandt, Beggar with a Wooden Leg, c. 1630.
Around 1630 Rembrandt made a large number of studies of beggars and other street characters. In a 1679 inventory of the print seller Clement de Jonghe this print appears under the title Capteijn eenbeen (‘Captain One-Leg’). The beggar was probably a well-known figure of the Amsterdam streets. Rembrandt truly captured the “real” Amsterdam with this etching – not everyone walked around in silk dresses, some walked on wooden legs!
Rembrandt is one of the greatest graphic talents of all time. From July 26th until September 17th 2017, The Rembrandt House Museum is staging an exhibition in which the magnificent etchings by Rembrandt are on display: Rembrandt’s Etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection. A selection of some thirty etchings from the museum’s collection will give visitors insight into the artistic and technical aspects of Rembrandt’s printmaking.