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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, Artist drawing from a model, c. 1639.

Seated amidst the usual paraphernalia of the studio – weapons, plaster cast, easel and canvas – we see an artist drawing a female nude from life. The model stands on a small platform holding a palm frond. The print is presumably intended as a glorification of the draughtsman’s art, as would seem to be confirmed by the palm frond and studio props. The work was never finished: only the dark background is completely worked, the foreground remaining little more than an outline sketch.

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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