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ETCHING Jupiter and Antiope
Jupiter and Antiope (B203), 1659.
Etching and drypoint, State I(2).
The image size is 13.8 x 20.5 cm.
This print illustrates the mythological story of Jupiter, having assumed the form of a satyr, visiting Antiope, daughter of the king of Thebes, as she sleeps. In composition the print is based on an etching by Annibale Carracci.
Handprinted etching: how do we make the most beautiful reproductions of Rembrandt's etchings? First the etching is photographed. The best photograph is transferred to a copper plate which is covered with a special layer to make it sensitive to light. All the unexposed areas in this layer where black lines occur can then be washed away. The copper is exposed and grooves are created when the plate is subsequently immersed in a bath of acid. While looking through a stereomicroscope the engraver cuts the lines in the plate by hand. He uses a sharp burin and works with meticulous care, constantly comparing his work with the original, following the hand of Rembrandt. Once the plate is ready, it can be printed. The printing is done by hand. The final result comes very close to Rembrandt's original. It is as if the master himself has been at work.
The etching is available without (w.m.) or with a mount. The mount is cream coloured, 30 x 40 cm.