An image of Christ preaching

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

(Netherlands 1606 – 1669)

Christ preaching

Location
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.

Year
circa 1652
Media
Print
Medium
etching, drypoint and engraving
Dimensions
15.3 x 20.5 cm platemark; 15.7 x 20.9 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1963
Accession number
DO3.1963