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An image of Christ preaching by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

(Netherlands 1606 – 1669)

Christ preaching
Alternative title:
La petite Tombe
circa 1652
Media category
Materials used
etching, drypoint and engraving
only state

15.3 x 20.5 cm platemark; 15.7 x 20.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1963
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This image refers to no single specific event in Christ's preaching. He is engaged entirely in conveying His message to simple people, who appear spellbound by what He says. In the foreground, Rembrandt included the charming detail of a small child doodling on the ground with its finger. The name of this etching ('La petite Tombe') was first used in the 18th century to refer to Nicolaes de La Tombe, who probably commissioned it.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 15.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Etchings by Rembrandt, Sydney, 1948. 20, lent by Lionel Lindsay

Exhibition history (5)

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

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1963, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Mar 1964–29 Mar 1964

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

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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