Christ Carried to the Tomb
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 15 July 1606 – 4 October 1669)
Date1645; 17th century impression
MediumEtching, engraving and drypoint
DimensionsPlate : 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (13.34 x 10.8 cm)
Credit LineThe Sarah and Grace Collection
LabelPart of Rembrandt’s genius was his ability to imagine and convey the inner feelings of the characters in the stories he depicted. This etching of Christ’s followers carrying his body to the tomb perfectly captures the somber dejection they must have felt after Christ’s execution and before his resurrection. The jumbled, nervous lines of the landscape around the figures further magnify the mood of uncertainty and confusion. This is one of the few etchings that Rembrandt did not re-work and re-print in multiple states. It exists in only one state, and the quality of this impression suggests that it may have been printed during Rembrandt’s life time.