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Rembrandt drew the piece of land in the bend of the Amstel, still called the Omval today, several times. Here we look over the river to the houses, windmills and boats at the entrance to the canal encircling the Diemermeer. In the left foreground there is a finely wrought decaying pollarded willow, in the shadows of which two lovers sit; the young man is placing a wreath of flowers on his beloved’s head. This is the first of Rembrandt’s landscape etchings in which he makes extensive use of drypoint, particularly noticeable in the tree.

This etching is part of the exhibition Rembrandt, the etcher. Highlights of the Rembrandt House Museum. The Rembrandt House Museum owns one of the most important collections of Rembrandt etchings in the world. Rembrandt produced around three hundred prints in all. A selection of highlights is currently on view in this exhibition.

Rembrandt, De Omval, 1645 (ets en droge naald, staat II (2)). Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam

Rembrandt, The Omval, 1645 (etching and drypoint, state II (2)). The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam

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