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The Three Crosses

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This is one of Rembrandt's most impressive and most experimental prints. The scene is not etched with acid but is scratched directly onto the copper plate with a needle known as a drypoint. The lines are angular and expressive. Figures emerge here and there in the darkness. Only Christ on the cross is bathed in light. Here, Rembrandt was not concerned with details but with creating a breathtaking effect.

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Title The Three Crosses
Material and technique Drypoint
Object type
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is travelling
Dimensions Height 384 mm
Width 451 mm
Artists Graphic artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Accession number DN 1974/295 (PK)
Credits Gift Dr A.J. Domela Nieuwenhuis, 1923
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1923
Creation date in 1653
Collector Collector / Adriaan Domela Nieuwenhuis
Internal exhibitions Rembrandtetsen. Virtuositeit en verbeeldingskracht (2017)
Dry-point > Engraving > Engraved > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Rembrandt van Rijn

Leiden 1606 - Amsterdam 1669

Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden. After his apprenticeship, during which he studied with various painters including Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, he started...

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