Victorian Engraving by Rembrandt..'Great Jewish Bride' c1880.
Master painter Rembrandt Harmonszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the greatest artists the world has ever known, and he is just as famous for his many wonderful etchings. He was a master of the art of etching.
During the 19th century most of his original 17th century etchings were badly damaged from over use and were re-created by Armand Durand (1831-1905). As a result books were published in the mid 1800's featuring Rembrandt's many fine etchings.
This is one of his finest..published as an engraving c1880 by noted book engravers R Salmon and Ardail of Paris.
The original 17th century etching was issued in several 'states'. Only the final 5th state (created in 1635) was signed by the artist. As this is un-signed it is most probably an engraving of the 4th state etching.
There is a 'Printed by A Salmon & Ardail, Paris' imprint centre, below the image. There is no printed date.
Entitled 'The Great Jewish Bride' it depicts a young woman as she prepares the documents for her forthcoming marriage. There has been no definite identification of the subject. Supposedly the daughter of physician Ephraim Bonus, it does however bear a strong resemblance to Rembrandt's wife Saskia who was his model 'of the female type' and appeared in many of his greatest works. After she died his work became more biblical and dramatic.
An original lifetime etching recently sold at auction for $120,000.00, making this Antique engraving a very affordable alternative.
Measuring 12" x 9" the subject measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2".
On fine water marked Portfolio paper and with a good crisp plate mark and only very slight foxing in the margins, it is in very good Antique condition.
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