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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 258

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Artist's Mother in a Cloth Headdress, looking down: Head only (B., Holl. 351; H. 107)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Artist's Mother in a Cloth Headdress, looking down: Head only (B., Holl. 351; H. 107)
    etching, 1633, second, final state, a very good impression of this rare print, with narrow margins, the tips of the sheet corners very skilfully repaired, otherwise in very good condition
    P. 43 x 40 mm., S. 47 x 44 mm.


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    From his earliest years Rembrandt used etched studies of the human face to provide him with the necessary material needed for his paintings. Second only to his own face as a source was that of his mother, who appears to have sat patiently for several studies. Rembrandt explores her physiognomy, minutely and accurately, resulting in miniature jewel-like images of great profundity.

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    Provenance

    University Library, Cambridge (L. 2475).