Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
1606 - 1669
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.
La petite Tombe
etching, drypoint and engraving
15.3 x 20.5 cm platemark; 15.7 x 20.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
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