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ETCHING Three Gabled Cottages beside a Road
The etching is available without a mount. Handprinted.
Three gabled cottages beside a road (B217), 1650
Etching and drypoint, state III (3)
16.1 x 20.2 cm.
The road passing by the farm cottages runs diagonally through the picture, creating a highly effective impression of depth. These cottages with their pointed gables are characteristic of the countryside near Amsterdam.
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.