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Tour: Rembrandt's Religious Etchings

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image of The Flight into Egypt: Crossing a Brook image of The Circumcision in the Stable image of Christ Returning from the Temple with His Parents
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image of Christ Preaching (La petite Tombe) image of Christ Preaching (The Hundred Guilder Print) image of Saint Francis beneath a Tree Praying
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Rembrandt, one of the greatest interpreters of biblical stories, turned to the Bible as a source of inspiration for his etchings throughout his career, but particularly during the 1650s. He depicted not only scenes from the Old Testament and the Apocrypha but also stories found in the New Testament, particularly those centered on the life of Christ. He always demonstrated a remarkable empathy for the human dimension of these accounts, whatever their theological implications. Whether portraying Old Testament patriarchs such as Abraham at moments of spiritual crisis, the Holy Family at rest in a simple dwelling, or Christ preaching, Rembrandt transformed the written word into vividly compelling pictorial language. He made at least two print series, one devoted to the childhood of Christ and one with scenes from Christ’s life and resurrection, both of which are on view in this room.



1Rembrandt van Rijn, Abraham Entertaining the Angels, 1656
2Rembrandt van Rijn, Abraham's Sacrifice, 1655
3Rembrandt van Rijn, David in Prayer, 1652
4Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob's Ladder, 1655
5Rembrandt van Rijn, The Virgin and Child with the Cat and Snake, 1654
6Rembrandt van Rijn, The Adoration of the Shepherds: with the Lamp, c. 1654
7Rembrandt van Rijn, The Flight into Egypt: Crossing a Brook, 1654
8Rembrandt van Rijn, The Circumcision in the Stable, 1654
9Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Returning from the Temple with His Parents, 1654
10Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Preaching (La petite Tombe), c. 1652
11Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Preaching (The Hundred Guilder Print), c. 1643/1649
12Rembrandt van Rijn, Saint Francis beneath a Tree Praying, 1657
13Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ and the Woman of Samaria: an Arched Print, 1658
14Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves (The Three Crosses), 1653
15Rembrandt van Rijn, The Entombment, c. 1654
16Rembrandt van Rijn, The Entombment, c. 1654
17Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Appearing to the Apostles, 1656