Christ Preaching (“La Petite Tombe”)

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - Christ Preaching (“La Petite Tombe”)
The present print is commonly known as La Petite Tombe, French for “little tomb”. The title bears no relation to the work’s subject but instead to Nicolaes de la Tombe, a book dealer who owned and possibly commissioned the plate. Thematically the print resembles the Hundred Guilder Print from 1648, but it dates from Rembrandt’s late career, likely 1657. Upon declaring bankruptcy in 1656, the artist was no longer permitted to work independently. That is why Rembrandt’s partner Hen-drikje and his son Titus established a business with Rembrandt as the only employee. This smaller, more intimate composition was done in an airier and more linear style than the impos-ing Hundred Guilder Print. The intrigued faces of Jesus’ audience and the child doodling in the sand invite the spectator's attention, and Rembrandt thereby effectively draws us into his image.
measurements: height 155 mm
width 205 mm
in collections:
material: paper
technique: etching - drypoint (State I)
inventory number: R 143743
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings
author of the entry PhDr. Blanka KUBÍKOVÁ, Ph.D.