Farmhouse with Artist Sketching

Rembrandt van Rijn

About 1645

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 relatively soft ground, rather than actually incising the metal plate. It is therefore quite possible that Rembrandt etched this plate directly out-of-doors.