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An image of Christ presented to the people by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

(Netherlands 1606 – 1669)

Title
Christ presented to the people
Year
1655
Media category
Print
Materials used
drypoint
Dimensions

35.5 x 45.0 cm platemark; 36.5 x 45.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1948
Accession number
8130
Location
Not on display
Further information

On a raised balcony in a small courtyard, Pontius Pilate asks the people whether he should release Barabbas or Christ, whose arms are bound. On the left of the platform stands a boy holding a jug of water and a bowl in which Pilate will soon wash his hands of the affair. Below the podium the figures, egged on by the priests and elders shout that Jesus should be crucified while onlookers crowd every window and doorway. The statues of Justice and Fortitude above the central doorway are of the type that would have been found on Dutch civic buildings and courts, such as the recently completed New Town Hall in Amsterdam.

Bibliography (10)

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 115-122, Sydney, 1984, 115 (illus.).

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 7. no catalogue numbers

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 5, 14 (illus.), 15. no catalogue numbers

Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 116 (illus.).

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 116 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 80 (illus.).

Clem Lloyd and Peter Sekuless, Australia's national collections, North Ryde, 1980, 254 (illus.).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Etchings by Rembrandt, Sydney, 1948. cat.no. 23

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Old Europe: rarely seen prints and drawings on show', pg. 23-25, Newtown, Jun 2006, 25.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 12 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (4)

Etchings by Rembrandt, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1948–1948

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006