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 this sketchy style during the 1630s exhibit an unprecedented spontaneity virtually unknown in European printmaking at that time.
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- Titles Studies of the Head of Saskia and Others (Proper)
- Artist Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, Leiden 1606/1607 - 1669 Amsterdam
- Medium etching
- Dimensions sheet: 6 × 5 1/16 in. (15.2 × 12.8 cm) mat (primary): 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm) mat (secondary): 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by Birmingham visitors to Prague in honor of Ambassador and Mrs. William J. Cabaniss, 2006.5
- Work Type print
- Classification Prints
- Signature Collector's stamp, verso, lower left, in blue ink: NDG [surrounded by] CONCORDIA ET SEDULITATE [Lugt 1962]
- Marks Collector's stamp, verso, lower left, in blue ink: NDG [surrounded by] CONCORDIA ET SEDULITATE [Lugt 1962]
- Inscription Recto: none Verso, near center, in pencil: yh/ Below center, in pencil: B.365 / Bl.249-1 et. Below center, in pencil: Graf/.[?] de six tetes un milieu / des quelues la femme de / Rembrandt Bottom left corner, in pencil: fr 60[underlined] / vgb.
- Provenance Neville Davison Goldsmid, The Hague [see note 1]. Private collection, Paris. Purchased by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 2006
1. Lugt 1962