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ID number:  BIRBI-49.10
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669)
Title / Object name:  A Sheet of Studies
Object type:  Drawing
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  mid-1630s
Materials:  Pen, brown wash and red chalk
Measurements:  220 x 233 mm
Provenance:  Purchased at Christie's, 17 June 1949, lot 27, for £4,200
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This sheet contains nine studies of five different figures and is the finest such drawing by Rembrandt to survive intact. Rembrandt was renowned for carrying a sketchbook around Amsterdam in which he would rapidly draw anything that aroused his curiosity. In this case, he draws a plump man wearing a fur coat and a plumed hat, a man in a turban, a woman nursing her child and a youth leaning on a ledge. The use of three different media and the careful placing of the studies on the sheet suggest that the drawing was made as a deliberate demonstration of the artist’s skill.

1 Related People

Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn
Dutch
1606-07-15
1669-10-04

1 Related Publications

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection
Robinson, William W.
Harvard University Art Museums
2002
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