The School of Rembrandt, Untitled Study of Three Heads


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Signed The School of Rembrandt etching, Untitled Study of Three Heads

Artist:The School of Rembrandt (1600 - 1700)

Title:Untitled Study of Three Heads

Medium:Etching

Image Size:4 5/8 in x 2 1/8 in (11.7 cm x 5.4 cm)

Sheet Size:4 5/8 in x 2 1/8 in (11.7 cm x 5.4 cm)

Framed Size:18 3/4 in x 16 1/8 in (47.6 cm x 41 cm)

Signature:Signed and dated in the plate in the lower left.

Condition:An excellent impression, presumably by a 17th century student or follower of Rembrandt.

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In this balanced horizontal composition, Rembrandt's follower depicts three figures, each donning a head covering. The central figure, larger than the other two, appears as the main subject. He wears an intricate turban and gazes to the right while the two flanking figures gaze to the left. The artist utilizes intricate cross-hatched lines to shade the side of this figure's face and turban. The viewer notices great similarities in the physical characteristics of the two figures on the left. The fact that they appear as though touching contributes to the implication that these two figures might be of the same subject. Both have elongated faces with small eyes, long noses, and pointed chins. The figure to the right, however, is clearly distinct from the two on the left. Thicker set with large eyes and long, shaggy hair, he wears a small hat upon his head and appears as if gazing to his upper left, a wary expression upon his face.

This uncatalogued original etching by a 17th century follower or student of Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt (Leiden, 1606 – Amsterdam, 1669) is signed and dated in the plate in the lower left.

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1. Novalis Fine Arts – Paris, France

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Framed to museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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 The School of Rembrandt (1600-1700)

 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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