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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 exhibition Rembrandts etchings: Highlights of the Rembrandt House collection: Rembrandt, The hog, 1643.

The small boy behind the sow holds an inflated pig’s bladder and a straw. This may hint at a hidden meaning: like blowing soap-bubbles, in the seventeenth century blowing up a pig’s bladder was a familiar symbol of transience. In contrast to the rather sketchily drawn figures in the background, the sow, legs bound ready for the slaughter, has been worked up in detail.

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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