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ETCHING Self-portrait with Saskia
Self-portrait with Saskia (B19), 1636.
Etching, state I(3).
The image size is 10.4 x 9.5 cm.
In this double portrait Rembrandt has depicted himself drawing, or possibly in the process of making an etching. Beside him sits his wife Saskia van Uylenburgh, whom he had married two years earlier.
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.