Jan Lutma

Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)

Date: 1656

Medium: Etching and drypoint on japan paper

Dimensions: Plate: 7 11/16 x 5 7/8 in. (19.5 x 14.9 cm)
Sheet: 8 11/16 x 6 7/8 in. (22.1 x 17.5 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1920

Accession Number: 20.46.18


Rembrandt portrayed the renowned gold- and silversmith Jan Lutma (ca. 1584–1669) surrounded by the tools of his trade and his works. The object he holds in his hand may be the stem of a candlestick; a drinking bowl rests on the table beside him, behind a hammer and a vessel containing metal punches. The source of light in the room emanates from a point behind the sitter, a device that allowed Rembrandt to drape most of the figure in shadow, illuminating mainly his face. In the following state of the print, the artist defined that blank wall as a window.