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Baroque Prints - Rembrandt

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Christ at Emmaus: the larger plate

17th Century
8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (21 x 15.9 cm)

Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, (1606–1669)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Etching with drypoint
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. & Mrs. William K. Sherwin
Accession Number: 82-G-1222
Label for "Printmakers of the Baroque: 17th-Century Explorations of Space and Light", La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2013 – February 28th, 2014:

Rembrandt depicts the resurrected Christ at the table after breaking bread. His two companions have hereto­fore not recognized Him. One suddenly figures it out and reacts by getting on his feet, hands together in prayer. The other, who is the object of Christ’s direct gaze, is just beginning to understand. This man falls back, his hat falling from his head. A third character, probably the innkeeper’s son, walks down a staircase in the fore­ground. He is curious about what is happening but es­sentially remains unaware of the revelation.
The light, emanating from the body of Christ, and par­ticularly from his halo, falls on the figures in meaningful ways. The man in prayer is almost fully in light, while the boy is nearly fully in shadow. Light and shadow dap­ple the startled man.

Rembrandt revisited this subject of the Supper at Em­maus a number of times, as he often did with other bibli­cal stories. He sometimes responded to other artist’s ver­sions of the stories and sometimes to his own. This habit allowed him to explore fresh insights into the biblical stories.

-Olivia Abney, '15
-Susan Dixon, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Current Location: Art Museum : 17 C Gallery


Printmakers of the Baroque: 17th-Century Explorations of Space and Light, Curated by Susan M. Dixon and Carmen Vendelin, La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2013 – February 28th, 2014.

- A Decade of Gifts: Prints and Drawings Donated to The La Salle University Art Museum 1977 – 1987, La Salle University Art Museum, March 19th – May 30th, 1987.


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