This etching shows a fantasized scene of a lion hunt. Striking features of this etching are the sketch-like drypoint passages, and the dynamic and action-packed atmosphere. Rembrandt based the composition partly on engravings of hunting scenes made by the sixteenth-century Italian artist Antonio Tempesta. From the inventory of 1656 we know that Rembrandt possessed four volumes of prints by Tempesta.
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 until September 29th.
Rembrandt, The large lion hunt, 1641. Etching and drypoint, state II (2). The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam