Lot 124: REMBRANDT VAN RIJN Christ before Pilate: Large Plate.
03 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
Christ before Pilate: Large Plate.
Etching, engraving and drypoint, 1635-36. 550x447 mm; 21 5/8x17 5/8 inches. Biörklund''s fourth state (of 5); Usticke''s third state (of 4); White and Boon''s fourth state (of 5). Strasburg Lily watermark (Ash/Fletcher 36 C, which they cite for this print). Ex-collection Charles M. Lea (Lugt 1662a, verso). With thread margins or trimmed on the plate mark. A brilliant, luminous, richly-inked impression of this large, scarce etching, with very strong contrasts and no sign of wear in even the most densely cross-hatched areas and with all the details printing clearly, and traces of burr in the folds of the curtain upper right.
There is also a grisaille painting of this subject by Rembrandt, dated 1634, in the National Gallery, London. Rembrandt included a self-portrait in this etching, one of his largest and most complex prints, in the upper center behind the group of men on the terrace to the left of Christ (the head with the plumed hat). Bartsch 77; Biörklund 35-K; Hollstein (White and Boon) 77.