Made by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn / Cottage among Trees / 1648-50Made by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Cottage among Trees

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Creator Name: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Dutch, 1606-1669
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Title: Cottage among Trees
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1648
Creation End Date: 1650
Creation Date: 1648-50
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown
Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (17.1 x 27.6 cm); vertical strip 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. (17.2 x 3.2 cm) added by artist to the sheet at right.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 29.100.939
Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929.

Among Rembrandt's sketches of rustic farmhouses and cottages, this drawing is unusually finished in execution and formal in composition. Rembrandt drew the scene with fine pen lines of fairly even width. He applied wash sparingly and rendered the texture of the thatch roof with heavily inked strokes reminiscent of a drypoint burr. In so doing he created a work related in feeling to his etchings. Rembrandt situated the cottage parallel to the picture plane and framed it symmetrically by adding at the right of the original sheet a strip of paper, on which he extended the tree branches, the fences, and the distant horizon. In its reinterpretation of Italian Renaissance principles of composition, this drawing reveals parallels with paintings Rembrandt made in the years 1648-50, most notably the 'Supper at Emmaus' of 1648 (Musée du Louvre, Paris).

AMICA ID: MMA_.29.100.939
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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