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The Entombment

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

Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

c. 1654

Etching, drypoint, and engraving with plate tone (fourth state of four)

Plate: 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches (21.2 x 16.2 cm) Sheet: 8 11/16 x 6 5/8 inches (22.1 x 16.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Lisa Norris Elkins Fund, 1951

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Impressions of The Entombment can vary greatly according to the inking of the plate, which Rembrandt selectively wiped to adjust the amount of shadow cast on Christ and his followers. In this example, the ink was manipulated to darken the end of the standing man’s long beard as well as Christ’s side in the lower right. Care was taken to cleanly wipe the plate where light falls on the figures, heightening the contrast between areas of illumination and shadow to evoke an intimate, candlelit atmosphere within the dark tomb.