Studies of Head of Saskia and Others by Rembrandt Van Rijn

  • This etching was created by Rembrandt van Rijn, arguably the greatest etcher to have ever lived
  • The composition includes several portrait studies of various women, including his wife, Saskia
  • Today, Rembrandts etchings reside in prestigious museum collections worldwide
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Rembrandt van Rijn
1606-1669 | Dutch

Studies of Head of Saskia and Others

Etching on laid paper
New Hollstein’s first state (of two)
Signed and dated "Rembrandt f. / 1636" (lower left)

A master in three different media, Rembrandt van Rijn was arguably the greatest etcher to have ever lived, creating a body of work that spanned subjects and genres. Both successful and prolific, his oeuvre boasts close to 300 authenticated prints, and his innovative techniques in the medium are without precedent. This etching, entitled Studies of Head of Saskia and Others, is an outstanding representation of the artist’s skill as an engraver.

The composition is centered by a portrait of Rembrandt’s wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, and includes other portrait studies of Saskia and several other unknown women. Rembrandt and Saskia had been married for two years when this etching was created in 1636. Although Saskia suffered from poor health for most of her life, Rembrandt portrays her here with a youth and vitality that characterized all of his portraits of her.

Rembrandt’s talent for printmaking came from a lifetime of experience. He began printmaking early in his life, developing the skill parallel to his career as a painter. His earliest prints were self-portraits, reflecting the artist’s experimentation with expression and emotion through an exploration of his own features on plate. As he developed his technique and his skill in the art form grew, he expanded his repertoire to include more formal, commissioned portraits, as well as history, genre and biblical scenes. Today, Rembrandts etchings reside in prestigious museum collections worldwide, and a version of this impression can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Dated 1636

Paper: 5 7/8" high x 4 7/8" wideFrame: 20 1/8" high x 16 1/4" wide
Studies of Head of Saskia and Others by Rembrandt Van Rijn
Maker: Rembrandt
Period: Pre-18th Century
Origin: Netherlands
Type: Other Fine Art
Depth: 1.25 Inches
Width: 16.25 Inches
Height: 20.12 Inches
Style: Old Masters
Canvas Width: 4.875 Inches
Canvas Height: 5.875 Inches
Studies of Head of Saskia and Others by Rembrandt Van Rijn
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