The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate

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

Date:

1633

Artist:

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

Artist

Rembrandt van Rijn

Title

The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate

Origin

Holland

Date

1633

Medium

Etching and burin on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, in plate, below image, center: :Rembrandt.f.cum pryvl:..1633.

Dimensions

512 x 405 mm (image); 520 x 405 mm (sheet trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1755

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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