Flight into Egypt: A Night Piece

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)

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Rembrandt reworked this plate eleven times, adding an ever denser network of etched lines until only the light from Joseph's lantern picked out the forms of Mary, Jesus and the mule from total obscurity. Proofs of each of the eleven states were avidly collected.

Jan Pieterz Zomer described his collection of 428 Rembrandt etchings in 1720 as "complete, including every state, in excellent impressions, and such as he [Zomer] nor anyone else could collect their likes, with the same expense and all the pains he took during 50 years."

Purchased by the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1995.

Object Information

artist
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
creation date
1651
materials
etching and drypoint
dimensions
5 x 4 5/16 in.
mark descriptions
Verso: stamped, lower left, in black ink, with the collector's mark of the Fifth Earl of Aylesford (1786-1859, Lugt 58); stamped, lower left, in black ink, with the collector's mark of Walter Francis, Fifth Duke of Buccleuch and Seventh Duke of Queensberry (1806-1884, Lugt 402).
accession number
1995.49
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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