The School of Rembrandt, The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias
|Artist:||The School of Rembrandt (1600 - 1700)|
|Title:||The Angel Departing from the Family of Tobias|
|Image Size:||6 1/4 in x 4 in (15.9 cm x 10.2 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||6 1/4 in x 4 in (15.9 cm x 10.2 cm)|
|Framed Size:||23 in x 20 3/4 in (58.4 cm x 52.7 cm)|
|Edition:||This etching is a 17th century copy of the original etching by Rembrandt from 1641. The image has been printed in mirror image to the original; with several miscellaneous pencil notations on the reverse from prior collectors.|
|Condition:||A superb impression with wide margins; in very good condition.|
|Historical Description of This Work:|
Inspired by one of the most celebrated biblical parables from the Old Testament, this depiction of the Angel departing is one of mystery, intrigue, hope, and inspiration. The parable follows the journey of Tobias, the son of the blind and deaf Tobiat, who was sent to collect money that was owed to the family. Tobias was accompanied by a skilled and helpful traveler who was, in fact, the angel Raphael in disguise. Throughout his journey, the Angel had protected and uplifted Tobias during times of hardship and had even encouraged him to marry. After years of being apart from his family, the Angel had reunited Tobias with his mother and father in an emotional homecoming. Rembrandt has captured this scene at the moment when the Angel departs, much to the surprise and piety of the family.
Created in the 17th century after an original etching by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669) by a student or follower of Rembrandt. This work, in mirror image to the original, has several miscellaneous pencil notations on the reverse from prior collectors.
ORIGINAL ETCHING BY REMBRANDT FROM WHICH THIS WORK WAS BASED DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Biörklund, George. Rembrandt's Etchings: True and False, Stockholm,
1968. The original etching is listed and illustrated as cat. no. BB 41-G on
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The School of Rembrandt Biography
Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt's (Leiden, 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669) school in Amsterdam was one of the busiest art enterprises of the 17th century. As a talented and popular teacher with more than 50 documented students, Rembrandt created not only a name for himself but for his school as well. His name lives on through his own vast artistic oeuvre and through the works that his students created that greatly resemble his artistic style. From paintings to drawings to etchings, his students explored a variety of artistic mediums, creating works of great artistic merit.
Drawing, in particular, played a crucial role in Rembrandt's teaching methods. Rembrandt would create drawings for his students to imitate, and he and his pupils would sketch the same models and landscapes side by the side. As a result of these immersive training methods, Rembrandt's drawings and those of his students retain many stylistic similarities.
Works by the School of Rembrandt display traits that define Rembrandt's artistic style: the delicate handling of line, rendering of expressions and gestures, and description of light. Rembrandt's works display an active use of light and shadow on his figures creating a dramatic chiaroscuro effect while his subjects appear to come to life with their remarkably detailed and human expressions. His students learned such methods from him and expertly applied them to their own works.
Amongst some of Rembrandt's more notable students are Ferdinand Bol (1616 -1680), Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), Carel Fabritius (1622 - 1654), Govert Flinck (1615 - 1660), and Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627 - 1678).
~Derived from http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/rembrandt_drawings/
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