Rembrandt van Rijn / The Presentation in the Temple: In the Dark Manner / c. 1654Rembrandt van Rijn
The Presentation in the Temple: In the Dark Manner
c. 1654

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Creator Name: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1606 - 1669
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Rembrandt van Rijn
Title: The Presentation in the Temple: In the Dark Manner
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1649
Creation End Date: 1659
Creation Date: c. 1654
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: Etching, drypoint and engraving
Dimensions: Overall: 21cm x 16.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.3
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: Possibly Jacques Aved; Pierre Remy (L. 2173); John Barnard (L. 1419) [ his sale London April 16, 1798]; Paul Davidsohn (L. 654) [his sale Leipzig, Boerner, 1921, lot 43 to Cassirer]; [Leipzig, Boerner, 1924, lot 522 to Zinser]; [Leipzig, Boerner, 1928, lot 951 to Somary] [Artemis & Stogdon 1985 to Ritman]
Context: During the 1650s, the height of his career as a printmaker, Rembrandt produced numerous prints illustrating the life of Christ. Unlike his earlier treatment of such subjects, Rembrandt now focused his highly personal approach on the more intimate and private meaning of biblical events. In this scene, Simeon, to whom "it was revealed . . . by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ," holds the Infant Christ up toward the High Priest while behind them towers another priest who wears a high hat and holds an enormous crozier. The Virgin and Joseph humbly kneel in shadow at the left, and Hannah, who "spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem," appears in the top right background.Perhaps the greatest experimental printmaker in the history of art, Rembrandt combined etching, drypoint, and engraving to create a rich pictorial effect. Using a network of fine crosshatching in the background and groups of parallel lines on the figures, he created an evocative atmosphere in which forms emerge from shimmering half-lights.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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