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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 214

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    The Rest on the Flight into Egypt: A Night Piece (B., Holl. 57; H. 208)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    The Rest on the Flight into Egypt: A Night Piece (B., Holl. 57; H. 208)
    etching, circa 1644, third state (of four), a very good impression with good contrasts, on Japon, with thread margins, a repaired tear at the upper left, adhesive from old hinges at the sheet corners on the reverse, framed
    P. 92 x 59 mm., S. 93 x 60 mm.


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    Despite the fact that The Rest on the Flight into Egypt was not described in the Bible, it became an extremely popular subject in European art. Rembrandt etched eight different versions, but it is perhaps the two nocturnal settings that portray the intimacy and drama of a family at flight most effectively.

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    Provenance

    With Craddock and Barnard, London, 11 January 1957, according to a note on the backboard.