Christ Presented to the People (Ecce Homo)

This print is one of the most famous in the history of printmaking because of the many reworkings it underwent. It was made entirely in drypoint (lines drawn with a needle directly onto the copper plate, rather than onto a ground of wax or resin covering the plate) and progressed through numerous states. Earlier states included a […]

Farmhouse with Artist Sketching

The many details of this farmhouse have led scholars to believe that Rembrandt etched a specific structure from life. Artists, particularly painters, enjoyed the ease of use of the etching needle, as opposed to the engraving burin. The needle could be used as freely as a pen, since the needle draws the image onto the […]

Studies of the Head of Saskia and Others

Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburgh in 1634. He depicted his adored first wife many times before her death in 1642. Here Rembrandt etched Saskia’s head from a variety of angles, together with other females, in a quick, fluid manner that recalls a pen sketch more than a copper etching. The nine prints Rembrandt made in […]

A Scholar in his Study (Faust)

Rembrandt was perhaps the most creative and experimental etcher in the technique’s history. Rembrandt varied his impressions by changing his inks, papers, wiping techniques, and by altering the plate itself. Any deliberate alteration of a plate constitutes a new state. This print is the first state of a total of three. Using a variety of […]

The Crucifixion

Rembrandt excelled in the technique of etching. Like engraving, etching is an intaglio printmaking method, meaning that the image is incised below the surface of the plate (as opposed to relief prints, such as woodcuts). Etched lines are not cut with a burin, but are bitten with acid. The copper plate is covered with an […]

Diana at the Bath

Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt, sits on the edge of a riverbank. The quiver filled with arrows beside her and the woodland setting help the viewer identify the subject. The original drawing for this print is still extant. The drawing reveals that the outlines of the figure were pressed through onto the ground […]