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ETCHING View of Amsterdam
View of Amsterdam (B210) made c. 1640-1641.
Etching, only state.
The image size is 11.2 x 15.3 cm.
Here Rembrandt has drawn the city from the north-east, sitting on the Kadijk and looking over the meadows and the IJ with its ships and boats. The sillouette of the city is carefully drawn, though it is naturally reversed by the printing process. From left to right we see the Haringpakkerstoren, the Oude Kerk, the Montelbaanstoren, the warehouses of the Dutch East India Company, the windmill on the Rijzenhoofd, the Zuiderkerk, and the windmills along the eastern wall of the city as far as the Blauwbrug. Because of the low viewpoint the darkly detailed foreground becomes more prominent in the scene and the skyline of the city stands in sharp contrast to the horizon.
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.