The Crucifixion: Small Plate
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669)
Date1635; 17th century impression
DimensionsSheet : 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (9.21 x 6.35 cm)
Credit LineThe Sarah and Grace Collection
LabelAs Rembrandt matured artistically, his compositions became increasingly subtle and sophisticated. In this image of Christ’s crucifixion from 1635, Rembrandt leaves almost half of the printing plate empty, allowing the blank space to magnify the feelings of sorrow and desolation evoked by the anguished figures that surround the cross. Rembrandt experimented with different ways of inking the plate for this print to make the image appear lighter or darker. This impression, which may have been taken during Rembrandt’s life time, has an even, mid-range tone.