The Three Crosses, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1653

The Three Crosses, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1653

drypoint, h 387mm × w 455mm More details

When you scratch a line in an etching plate, it produces a small raised edge called a ‘burr’. The burr, which gives drypoint lines such a sumptuous velvety look, wears away quickly. As a result, the decorative effect of the technique diminishes and the representation becomes increasingly lighter. Here Rembrandt solved that problem by making areas of shadow darker again with extra lines, for example under the dog in the foreground.

Collections with this work

Jesus Christ




June 25 2018 - 278 works 488 2



August 10 2018 - 499 works 6790 22

Make your own creations with this work