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The Great Jewish Bride

Artist:
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Date:
1635
Medium:
Etching; second state of five
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 9/16 x 6 7/16 in. (21.8 x 16.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.107.32
Not on view
Rembrandt's first wife, Saskia Uylenburgh, whom he had married the previous year, was no doubt the model for this print, though it was not meant as a portrait. The intended subject of the print is evident in its later, finished state: the Jewish queen Esther, who is about to approach King Ahasuerus to expose Haman's intent to murder the Jews. This impression is unfinished; Rembrandt completed the lower half in a later state.
Louisine W. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art [The Met Breuer]. "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible," March 18–September 4, 2016.

Hind 127.i; B. 340; NH(Rembrandt).I.249.154 ii
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