Reclining Female Nude

A work made of etching, drypoint, and engraving, on ivory japanese paper.
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  • A work made of etching, drypoint, and engraving, on ivory japanese paper.

Date:

1658

Artist:

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

Scholars have widely debated Rembrandt’s choice of either a light- or dark-skinned model for this magnificently ambiguous etching. In the 18th century, its given title changed to variations of Reclining Negress. Rembrandt did portray an African model around 1630, but it is unclear if this much-later print represented another. The stark contrast between the cavernous darkness and the bright bed linens suggests the artist’s keen interest in depicting the play of light on skin. Rembrandt’s characteristic use of a Japanese paper support further enhances the heat of the very real and very warm, naked body.

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Artist

Rembrandt van Rijn

Title

Reclining Female Nude

Origin

Holland

Date

1658

Medium

Etching, drypoint, and engraving, on ivory Japanese paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, in plate, in image, lower left: "Rembrandt f. 1658"

Dimensions

81 x 158 mm (sheet trimmed to plate mark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1954.11

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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