Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Etching, drypoint, and engraving on oatmeal paper; second state of two
plate: 10 3/16 x 8 1/4 in. (25.9 x 21 cm)
Gift of Felix M. Warburg and his family, 1941
Not on view
Rembrandt depicted Saint Jerome many times, here as a contented old man reading. The print reflects Rembrandt's great admiration for Venetian art, particularly in the landscape and buildings in the background, which were inspired by the work of Giulio (ca. 1482–after 1515) and Domenico (1500–1564) Campagnola.
The marked contrast between the briefly sketched saint and the more polished areas of the print creates an initial impression of unfinish. Rembrandt's sketch for the print shows that he originally intended to darken the saint and the foreground. In the end, however, he left them blank but for the outlines in order to create an effect of bright sunlight.
Felix Moritz Warburg; Donor: Frieda Schiff Warburg and her children in memory of her husband Felix M. Warburg
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 2001–May 21, 2001.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rembrandt and His Circle: Drawings and Prints, A Selection in Honor of the Artist's 400th Birthday," July 10, 2006–October 15, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible," March 18–September 4, 2016.
Hind.267; B.104; NH(Rembrandt).II.225.275 ii
William M. Ivins Jr. "Prints by Six Masters from the Warburg and Other Collections." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 36, no. 2, New York, February 1941, p. 48.
Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)Date: ca. 1650Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brownAccession: 29.100.939On view in:Not on view