Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669) The Great Jewish Bride Etching with drypoint, 1635, a fine impression of the final fifth state, with the horizontal lines to indicate the stonework in the right background and additional shading on the wall behind her head, on laid, with a partial watermark of a double-headed eagle, trimmed to the platemark, 220 x 168mm (8 3/4 x 6 3/4in)(PL)(unframed)
Lot 9*
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
(Dutch, 1606-1669)
The Great Jewish Bride
Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 23,009) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
The Great Jewish Bride (Bartsch 340; New Hollstein 154)
Etching with drypoint, 1635, a fine impression of the final fifth state, with the horizontal lines to indicate the stonework in the right background and additional shading on the wall behind her head, on laid, with a partial watermark of a double-headed eagle, trimmed to the platemark, 220 x 168mm (8 3/4 x 6 3/4in)(PL)(unframed)

Footnotes

  • The title is an eighteenth century one and was probably derived from the tradition that Jewish brides met their husbands with their hair down and holding the Ketubah, a document outlining the rights and responsibilities of the groom. Rembrandt lived in the Jewish quarter of Amsterdam and was known to use his neighbours as sitters, so it is possible he could have depicted a Jewish tradition. However, it is more likely that the subject is either Minerva, the subject of his painting of the same date, or the biblical heroine Esther. It is probable that the model was Rembrandt's wife Saskia, whom he had married in 1634. The technical skill involved in creating The Great Jewish Bride through five states and its visual splendour make this one of Rembrandt's most sought after etchings.
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