Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630

oil on panel, h 58cm × w 46cm More details

The crestfallen Prophet Jeremiah rests his weary, old head on his hand. He laments Jerusalem going up in flames – in the background – whose destruction he had prophesied. Rembrandt heightened the sense of drama with powerful contrasts of light and dark. He derived the prophet’s bearded head from one of the old men he often etched around this time.

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