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View of Amsterdam

View of Amsterdam

Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)
Culture: Dutch
Date: c. 1640
Medium: Etching on paper
Dimensions:
Image/plate/trimmed sheet: 4 7/16 x 6 1/16 inches (11.3 x 15.4 cm)
Frame: 17 1/8 x 17 3/4 x 7/8 inches (43.5 x 45.1 x 2.2 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer
Label Text:This small print of Amsterdam, the Netherlands is reputed to be one of the few landscape etchings Rembrandt completed on location, marking the image into the copper plate while outdoors. The artist presents a realistic view of the city, with high foreground elements that give depth and the feeling that the viewer is standing in the scene, at the base of the canal, where Rembrandt sat.

In the 1640s, the artist increasingly created a wide range of lights and darks in his etchings, with a variety of thin and thick lines. To create these lines, the artist used a stylus to scratch them into the wax or resin coating on the copper printing plate. Later, the plate would be placed in an acid bath to permanently cut these lines into the metal. By applying differing amounts of pressure, the artist created a range of lines. In View of Amsterdam, Rembrandt executed the background using a lighter hand, while he crosshatched and etched deeper lines along the edge of the dyke in the foreground in order to create dark shadows.

Object number: 2005.2.1
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