Jan Uytenbogaert, Armenian Preacher, 1635
The technical mastery and inventiveness with which Rembrandt made his 300 or so etchings was already recognised in his lifetime and his prints were widely sought after. Baldinucci, the famous Florentine biographer, praised Rembrandt’s ‘highly bizarre technique, which he invented for etching and which was his alone, being neither used by others or seen elsewhere’ (1686). Rembrandt died in 1669.
State:VI. The states: I:Plate rectangular 250 x 187 mm. Collar shaded only lightly. II: Shading of collar completed. III: Plate cut down to an octagon 224 x 187 mm, slightly irregular at the sides. Outline of oval on the right side not continuous. Four Latin verses by Hugo Grotius added. Signed and dated Rembrandt.IV: Oval now made continuousV: Two irregular corners (bottom left and right side) made even.VI: Much rework with fine close shading. Note especially horizontal lines on chest immediately below the ruffed collar, making an effect as of a cast shadow of the collar right across the chest. Regular vertical shading added at top of plate directly above sitter's head, (Barnard).Modern: Basan ( State VI in the first editions of the Recueil, further rework in later editions).
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