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The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight

The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight


Rembrandt van Rijn

Dutch, 1606-1669

Illuminated by a single torch, mourners gently lower the dead body of Christ from the cross on the night of Good Friday, the darkest moment in Christian belief. Rembrandt's manipulation of ink heightened the drama and pathos of the scene, pushing the medium to be more expressive than ever before. He minimally sketched areas flattened by torchlight, while other details are swallowed up in unrelenting blackness.
Etching and drypoint
8 1/4 x 6 5/16 in. (21 x 16.1 cm)
Norman and Amelia Davis Collection
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Durer, Rembrandt, and Goya: Old Masters Prints from the Seattle Art Museum Collection", May 31, 2001 - January 1, 2002 (5/31/2001 - 1/1/2002)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Rembrandt Prints From The Seattle Art Museum's Permanent Collection", 6/3 - 7/25/93 in conjunction with Dutch and Flemish Paintings: The Harold Samuel Collection. (06/03/1993 - 07/25/1993)

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