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ETCHING Christ preaching ('The hundred-guilderprint')
The etching is available without mount. Hand-printed.
Christ preaching ('The hundred-guilderprint') (B74), c. 1648
Etching, drypoint and burin, state II (2)
Image 27.8 x 38.8 cm.
The subject is a combination of events described in chapter 19 of St. Matthew's Gospel, grouped around the figure of Christ. In the 17th century this print was Rembrandt's most admired etching. Even during his lifetime sums in excess of a hundred guilders were paid for the print on more than one occasion.
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. 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.