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The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate

A work made of etching and burin on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and burin on ivory laid paper.




Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

Rembrandt’s Descent from the Cross is stylistically unusual and reproductive, unlike most of his prints, which were original designs rather than printed paintings. Rembrandt’s original oil was strongly influenced by an altarpiece of the same subject by Peter Paul Rubens. While Rembrandt likely had a hand in the making of this particular print, he was relatively inexperienced with printmaking on such a large scale, and therefore enlisted the help of engraver Jan van Vliet. This collaboration can be seen in Rembrandt’s spontaneous line and van Vliet’s heavy mechanical handling, particularly in terms of the facial expressions.


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Prints and Drawings


Rembrandt van Rijn


The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching and burin on ivory laid paper


Image: 51.2 × 40.5 cm (20 3/16 × 16 in.); Sheet trimmed within platemark: 52 × 40.5 cm (20 1/2 × 16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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