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Landscape with Cottage and Hay-barn

1641
5 5/16 x 12 13/16 in. (13.5 x 32.5 cm)

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Dutch (1606 - 1669)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint on laid paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Accession Number: 1986.108
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Lockhart Collection

Although Rembrandt is best known for his portraits and biblical scenes, he also excelled as a landscape artist. In this etching, his dexterous attention to detail in the close-up view of this remote cottage and haybarn is visually reinforced by the contrasting hazy, distant portrayal of the surrounding landscape. The city of Amsterdam, identifiable by its church towers, appears at a far distance in the left background. On the right side of the etching, Rembrandt has included an image of the Castle Kostverloren, a well-known landmark along the Amstel River. Although both the city and the castle would have been easily recognized by the artist’s contemporaries, neither can be seen from a single viewpoint. As was often the case with Dutch landscape artists during the 1600s, here Rembrandt created an imaginary setting for the subject of his etching, but one composed of sites that would have been familiar to his audience.

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Bibliography
See general reference to this print in "Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700," Amsterdam, 1949: B 225; Christopher White and Karel G. Boon's "Rembrandt's Etchings: An Illustrated Critical Catalogue," Amsterdam: Abner Schram, 1969, vol. I, p. 109, B225; in "The Illustrated Bartsch" New York : Abaris Books, 1978-, vol. 50, p. 183, no. B225; and in Erik Hinterding's "Rembrandt as an Etcher," Ouderkerk aan den IJssel : Sound & Vision, 2006, vol. II, pp. 304-305


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Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, New York; their gift to the Gallery in 1986

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