The Hundred Guilder Print, c. 1649
Rembrandt van Rijn
etching with engraving and drypoint on India proof paper, mounted on japan paper
33.7 x 44.5 cm; plate: 27.7 x 38.9 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6879)
This image of "Christ Healing the Sick" was known as the "Hundred Guilder Print" from the remarkably high price paid for a single impression by an early collector. Because of its fame and the subtle tonal harmonies exploring the relationship between light and dark, it can be considered the quintessential Rembrandt print. The artist's interest in technical experimentation is indicated by the fact some impressions, including this example, were printed on oriental paper, which had only just been imported into Amsterdam.