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A Sketch for the Entombment by Rembrandt van Rijn

    A Sketch for the Entombment by Rembrandt van Rijn

    A Sketch for the Entombment by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1635. The painting is in Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. The size of the work is 32,1 x 40,3 cm and is made of oil on wood.

    “The Entombment” is one of a small group of almost monochrome sketches by Rembrandt. It relates to a vertical format picture painted between 1636 and 1639 and commissioned as part of a Passion series for Prince Frederick Henry of Orange (Munich, Alte Pinakothek). This panel is probably the “schets van de begraeffenis Christi” (sketch of an entombment) listed in the contents of Rembrandt’s house at the time of his bankruptcy in 1656. It has been suggested that the painting is a sketch for an etching made at the time when Rembrandt was living and working with the dealer Hendrik Uylenburgh. However, no such etching was executed, and the painting is unlike the grisailles made specifically for prints, since it is not strictly speaking monochrome. Read more in Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

    About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more

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