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ETCHING The Windmill
The etching is available without (w.m.) or with a mount. The mount is cream coloured, 30 x 40 cm.
The windmill (B233), 1641.
Etching, only state.
The image size is 14.5 x 20.8 cm.
This is one of the windmills on the fortifications around Amsterdam, in this case the Osdorp rampart near the Lauriergracht. The hairline cracks seen in the sky are probably the result of the etching ground cracking in the acid bath.
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.