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Every week, we highlight an artwork that is part of the collection of The Rembrandt House Museum, or currently on view at the museum. Today we would like to show you this etching by Rembrandt that is currently part of our brand new exhibition Rembrandts etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection: Rembrandt, The Mill, 1641.

This is one of the windmills on the fortifications round Amsterdam, in this case the Osdorp rampart near the Lauriergracht. The hairline cracks seen in the sky are probably the result of the etching ground cracking in the acid bath. There is another copy of this etching, with an inscription on the back. This inscription describes the mill in the etching as Rembrandt’s grandfather’s mill near Katwijk. However, that mill was actually quite different in appearance, so this is impossible.

Rembrandt is one of the greatest graphic talents of all time. From April 28th until July 23rd 2017, The Rembrandt House Museum is staging an exhibition in which the magnificent etchings by Rembrandt are on display: Rembrandts 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.

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