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ETCHING Landscape with a Man Sketching
The etching is sent to you without a mount (w.m.). There is no mount available for this etching.
Landscape with a man sketching (B219), c. 1641. Etching, only state. The image size is 12.9 x 21.9 cm.
In 1639 Rembrandt bought his house on the Breestraat (the present museum). From here he could quickly be outside the city. Many of the subjects of his landscape etchings can be localised to the area there.
In the right corner there is a man portrayed drawing. Is this Rembrandt himself?
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.