Rembrandt, The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633

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Artist: Rembrandt (1606 - 1669)
Title: The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633
Reference: B. 81, H. 103, BB 33-C, B&W 81
Medium: Original Etching
Image Size: 20 3/4 in x 15 7/8 in (53 cm x 40.3 cm)
Framed Size: Approx. 38 1/8 in x 34 1/2 in (96.8 cm x 87.6 cm)
Signature: Signed and dated in the plate 'Rembrandt f. cum pryvl 1633'
Condition: Large print with fine etching and crisp detail; print is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # w-3548

In this monumental Rembrandt The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633, Rembrandt depicts the momentous moment in which Christ's body is released from the cross. Rembrandt utilizes strong contrasts between light and dark, illuminating Christ in heavenly light that shines down from the upper right corner. The figures surrounding Christ gaze on in awe. Some appear frightened by the sight while others remain stern and unemotional. Figures in the foreground lay on the ground in mourning, shrouded in shadow. Christ himself appears tiny and lifeless, truly capturing the tragedy of this biblical moment.

This work is considered a Nowell-Usticke State IV (of V) impression; Biörklund's State V (of V); White and Boon's State V (of V). Signed and dated in the plate 'Rembrandt f. cum pryvl 1633.' This work is stated by Nowell-Usticke to be an uncommon work with approximately 125-225 known impressions (Usticke 12, B 81).


Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Rembrandt The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Bartsch. The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 50. Edited by Stephanie S. Dickey. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 81 (another example illustrated).
2. Biörklund, George. Rembrandt's Etchings: True and False, 1968. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné BB 33-B.
3. Hind, Arthur. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings, 1967. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 102.
4. Munz, Ludwig. A Critical Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings, 1952, Vol. 1. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 198.
5. Munz, Ludwig. A Critical Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings, 1952, Vol. 2. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 198.
6. Nowell-Usticke, G.W. Rembrandt's Etchings, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné B 81.
7. White, Christopher and Boon, Karel. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. 1, 1969. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné B 81.
8. White, Christopher and Boon, Karel. Rembrandt's Etchings, Vol. 2, 1969. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné B 81.

About the Framing:
Rembrandt The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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