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The Rabbi

A work made of mezzotint on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1778

Artist:

William Pether (English, 1731/38-1821)
after Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)

About this artwork

Like his contemporaries, William Pether used mezzotint to disseminate important master paintings. In this case, he copied Rembrandt van Rijn’s distinctively posed, stoic rabbi. Mezzotint was an ideal medium with which to reproduce Rembrandt’s composition, with its dramatic, Baroque use of chiaroscuro. Not only does mezzotint retain these qualities, but its rich undertones also add to the spotlighted effects. With a touch of theatricality, the portrait focuses on his craggy features. The rabbi is statuesque, demanding reverence from those before him.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Pether

Title

The Rabbi

Place

England (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1778

Medium

Mezzotint on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 45.7 × 35.4 cm (18 × 13 15/16 in.); Plate: 50.8 × 35.5 cm (20 × 14 in.); Sheet: 55.3 × 39.5 cm (21 13/16 × 15 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.304

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