The Star of the Kings: A Night Piece

A work made of etching, drypoint, and engraving on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching, drypoint, and engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1651

Artist:

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

Rembrandt likely knew Jan van de Velde the Younger’s dark yet straightforward rendition of the Twelfth Night festivities, in which the artist bathed his star-singers in sufficient lantern light so that their features could be made out. In contrast, Rembrandt submerged his revelers in pitch blackness, with only a glimmer of light emanating from their star. Carrying it was an important role (here assumed by a child), and at the end of each verse, pulling a rope set the star in motion. Rembrandt suggested a second group of singers in the far left, clustered around their own tiny, bright star.

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Artist

Rembrandt van Rijn

Title

The Star of the Kings: A Night Piece

Origin

Holland

Date

1646–1656

Medium

Etching, drypoint, and engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

93 x 142 mm (image/plate); 95 x 144 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.5136

Extended information about this artwork

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