Lieven Willemsz. von Coppenol, Writing Master: The Larger Plate

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

Date:

c. 1658

Artist:

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

At the time this portrait was made, Lieven van Coppenol was in poor health, having suffered from an attack of insanity that forced him to give up his position as the head of the French school in Amsterdam and focus solely on calligraphy. Pathologically vain, the calligrapher sent demonstrations of his penmanship to poets, often under printed likenesses of himself (as seen here), in the hopes of being commissioned to transcribe their odes. In this, Rembrandt van Rijn’s largest portrait etching, Van Coppenol holds a sheet of blank paper, likely meant as a formal element to bring light into the dark surroundings.

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Artist

Rembrandt van Rijn

Title

Lieven Willemsz. von Coppenol, Writing Master: The Larger Plate

Origin

Holland

Date

1653–1663

Medium

Etching, drypoint and burin on ivory paper

Dimensions

344 x 290 mm (plate); 345 x 294 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Hermon Dunlap Smith

Reference Number

1944.460

Extended information about this artwork

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