Rembrandt Van Rijn, Etching: Jan Uytenboagert, Preacher of the Remonstrants

Rembrandt Van Rijn, Etching: Jan Uytenboagert, Preacher of the Remonstrants


Description: An original Rembrandt Van Rijn Etching.
1635
Original etching and burin printed in black ink on laid paper.
Signed and dated in the plate Rembrandt 1635.
A fine, strong 18th century impression of Bartsch’s sixth and final state, Usticke's fourth state of six, New Hollstein’s eighth state of nine. Printed after the addition of the long parallel lines of shading between the fur and the right shoulder, but before the late externsive reworking of the plate.
Catalog: Bartsch 279 vi/vi; Hind 128; Biorklund-Barnard 35-D; Usticke 279 iv/vi; New Hollstein 153 viii/ix.
Sheet size: 8 7/8 x 7 7/16 inches

As the leader of the Dutch Remonstrants, Uytenbogaert (1577-1644) played a central role in the history of his time. Until his banishment (1618-26), in the wake of the victory of orthodox Calvinism over Remonstrantism, he exercised great political influence, partly in his function as tutor of Prince Frederik Hendrik. After his return to Holland he settled in the Hague, but paid frequent visits to Amsterdam.

This portrait of Uytenbogaert was Rembrandt's first official commission for an etched portrait. Until that time he had made portrait etchings only of members of his family. The official nature of this portrait is underlined by its Latin inscription (“He who was honored by the pious and the army was damned by the assembled preachers. Worse handled by fate than by time, he now returns, The Hague, to you.”) Inscriptions such as these were a common feature of formal etched portraits in the 17th century, though a rarity in Rembrandt's own works.

Dimensions: Sheet Size: 8 7/8 x 7 7/16 inches
Framed Size: 17 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches
Artist or Maker: Rembrandt Van Rijn
Medium: Etching
Date: 1635
Condition Report: In excellent condition.
Exhibited: Collections in which impressions of this state of this etching can be found: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Baltimore Museum of Art; Kunstmuseum Basel; Kupferstichkabinett der Staatliche Museen, Berlin; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig; Szépmüvészéti Museum, Budapest; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Kunstsammlungen der Veste, Coburg; Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cracow; Statens Museum fur Kunst, Copenhagen; Kupferstich-Kabinett der Staatlische Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; Gabinetto designi e stampe degli Uffizi, Florence; Alte Galerie des Steiermäkischen Landesmuseums Joanneum, Graz; Teylers Museum, Haarlem; State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Staatlische Graphische Sammlung, Munich; Yale University Library, New Haven; New York Public Library; Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Musée Jenisch, Vevy; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna; Biblioteka Uniwersyteka Warszawie, Warsaw; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Literature: Christopher White, Rembrandt as an Etcher: A Study of the Artist at Work, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1999, no. 164, p. 129 (ill.); Erik Hinterding/Ger Luijten/Martin Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago & London, 2000, no. 26, p. 147 (ill.); Stephanie S. Dickey, Rembrandt: Portraits in Print, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 2004, no. 56, p. 245 (ill.); Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt Etchings from the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers, Bussum, 2008, no. 207, vol. II p. 233 (ill.).
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