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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, 1606–1669

The Hundred Guilder Print

ca. 1649

Etching

Plate: 27.8 x 38.8 cm (10 15/16 x 15 1/4 in.)
Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907
1925.130
Many consider this print the apotheosis of Rembrandt’s activity in etching. In one frame, Rembrandt illustrates no fewer than four moments from chapter nineteen of the Gospel of Saint Matthew, including the famous (mistranslated) parable, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.” The rich young man sits with his hand over his face to the left of Christ, while the camel stands in an almost total shadow in the extreme right. With the central, towering position of Christ and the movement of light to dark across the surface, Rembrandt’s composition unifies the print’s narrative complexity. Here, Rembrandt merges technique—his experiments with multiple sources of light and the full range of light, dark, and gray tones—and message.
Culture: 
Dutch
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Status: 
Viewable by appointment
Bibliography: 

Pamela Franks, From Any Angle: Photographs from the Collection of Doris Bry, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 24.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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