The Crucifixion: Small Plate


Artist
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669)
Date
1635; 17th century impression
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Sheet : 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (9.21 x 6.35 cm)
Credit Line
The Sarah and Grace Collection
Object Number
2018.8.8

Label
As 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.

Object Type
Print