The Three Crosses, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1653

The Three Crosses, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1653

drypoint, printed with surface tone on vellum, h 364mm × w 443mm. More details

Christ hangs on the cross between two thieves, surrounded by apostles, his mother, disciples, and soldiers. Rembrandt executed the scene entirely in drypoint, which had (almost) never before been done. This technique involves scratching directly in a copper plate with an etching needle, which lends the lines a burred, velvety quality. This enormous print is, moreover, printed on costly vellum.

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