Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

Object Results

Showing 7 of 9

Image of The Virgin and Child with Cat and Snake

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606–1669

The Virgin and Child with Cat and Snake


Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Northern Europe, Dutch
3 3/4 in. x 5 11/16 in. (9.53 cm x 14.45 cm)
Medium and Support: Etching on laid paper
Accession Number: 1999.0007.0119

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

During the 1650s, Rembrandt executed a series of six etchings illustrating Christ’s childhood. Like the others in this series, this print is rectangular in format and representative of the artist’s classical style. The wildly scribbled lines of earlier etchings have become more restrained, though still sketchy. The compositions are often balanced and carefully structured, reminiscent in their harmony and stability of the paintings of the Italian Renaissance. In this work, Rembrandt has evoked a feeling of calm and balance through the use of horizontal and vertical lines that depict the architectural setting. The peaceful composition is given human expression in the tender gestures of the figures. While Joseph peers through the window, the Virgin completely surrounds the Child in a protective embrace, gently pressing her face to his.
See "Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush; Master Prints from the Weil Collection," exh. cat. (Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1999), 88.

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Your current search criteria is: Keyword is "IW" and [Object]Nationality is "Dutch".