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The Three Crosses, 1653, reworked c. 1660-1661

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606 - 1669
drypoint and engraving on laid paper
38.5 x 45 cm trimmed; plate: 38.4 x 44.7 cm
Purchased 1944
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4871)

This late work by Rembrandt is executed in bold drypoint, a shift from the freer etching technique he favoured for earlier prints. Drypoint was a more expensive medium for an artist, as fewer impressions could be made before the wearing away of the original copper plate on which the scene was drawn. Rembrandt himself might rework worn plates in order to gain more impressions, but always by making expressive changes to the images.


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