The School of Rembrandt, Blindness of Tobit
Signed The School of Rembrandt etching, Blindness of Tobit
|Artist:||The School of Rembrandt (1600 - 1700)|
|Title:||Blindness of Tobit|
|Image Size:||3 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in (8.6 cm x 6.4 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||3 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in (8.9 cm x 6.7 cm)|
|Framed Size:||16 in x 15 in (40.6 cm x 38.1 cm)|
|Signature:||Signed in the plate in the lower left 'Rembrandt.'|
|Condition:||A superb, rich impression; in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Reaching forward blindly, Tobit feels his way through an open doorway. He dons a tall cap and ragged garments and appears as a feeble old man. With a cane in his right hand, he cautiously reaches out with his left to obtain a sense of balance and location. The artist utilizes delicate, cross-hatched lines to create a sense of depth and texture, particularly within the folds of Tobit's drapery and the open doorway to the right. He denies the viewer a glimpse at Tobit's face, creating an air of mystery around the figure. Without glimpsing at the title, the viewer would not immediately identify this figure as Tobit; however, the artist utilizes gesture and props to convey the figure's blindness.
This work is a copy in reverse by a student or follower of Rembrandt created after the original etching by Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 – Amsterdam, 1669).
ORIGINAL ETCHING BY REMBRANDT FROM WHICH THIS WORK WAS BASED DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 50. Edited by Stephanie S. Dickey. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 153.
2. Biörklund, George, Rembrandt's Etchings: True and False, 1968. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. BB 29-5.
3. Hind, Arthur. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. New York, 1967. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 74.
4. Nowell-Usticke, G.W. Rembrandt's Etchings. Narberth, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 153.
5. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. I: Text. Amsterdam, 1969. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. B.153.
6. White, Christopher & Karel Boon. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. II: Plates. Amsterdam, 1969. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. B.153.
ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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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/