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Slaughtered Ox

Follower of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (active Leiden and Amsterdam), 1606 - 1669

Made in Netherlands, Europe

Mid- 1640s or after

Oil on panel

19 5/8 × 14 1/2 inches (49.8 × 36.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 475

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This work representing the splayed carcass of an ox is a variation on Rembrandt’s examples of the subject—one dated 1655 in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and an earlier version in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. This follower of Rembrandt changed the position of the carcass, rearranged the room, and added butchering tools. The artist appears to have delighted in the depiction of smooth, grease-smeared flesh and viscera.