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The Raising of the Cross by Rembrandt van Rijn

    The Raising of the Cross by Rembrandt van Rijn

    The Raising of the Cross by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1633. The painting is in Alte Pinakothek München. The size of the work is 95,7 x 72,2 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    The so-called ‘Passion Cycle’ was painted for the stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange. The six paintings however do not form a cohesive entity as central events in the life and passion of Christ are missing. It is probable that the stadtholder’s death in 1647 prevented the execution of subsequent scenes. The works were not created according to the sequence of events recorded in the gospels—Rembrandt completed ‘The Deposition’ in 1633, whereas ‘The Adoration of the Shepherds’ was not finished until 1646. Read more in Alte Pinakothek München.

    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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