Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Etching; second state of five
sheet: 8 9/16 x 6 7/16 in. (21.8 x 16.4 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
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.
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