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Image of The Great Jewish Bride

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606–1669

The Great Jewish Bride


Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Northern Europe, Dutch
8 5/8 in. x 6 9/16 in. (21.91 cm x 16.67 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint with engraving on laid paper
Accession Number: 1999.0007.0074

Credit Line: Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr.

Despite the title, this portrait etching most likely depictes Rembrandt's first wife, Saskia Uylenburgh (1612-1642), whom he married in 1634. The title was given the work in the eighteenth century because of the scroll that the subjet holds in her hand, which was interpreted as a marriage contract. Subsequent generations of scholars have interpreted the subject as the goddess Minerva, a Sibyl and the Biblical heroine, Esther. Even if she is intended to represent an historical or literary figure, the model for this work was almost certainly his own bride, Saskia.

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