3/4 portrait of a standing man, holding a small book in his PL hand; long hair with curls above the ears; moustache; sketchy archway and foliage behind figure; empty panel below image (inside plate marks)

Jan Antonides van der Linden, 1665

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Rembrandt had essentially retired from printmaking in 1661, but four years later he received a commission to engrave a frontispiece for a commentary on Hippocrates written by the physician Jan Antonides van der Linden. The author had died the previous year. The publisher Daniel van Gaesbeecq sought an engraver to make a reproduction of a portrait previously painted by Abraham van den Tempel. Rembrandt’s son told the publisher that his father was the man for the job, but Rembrandt was anything but a conventional engraver. Following his familiar old ways, Rembrandt produced an etching heavily augmented by drypoint. Clearly unsuitable for printing in quantity, the plate was never used for the book, and so far as we know Rembrandt never again etched another plate.

Details
Title
Jan Antonides van der Linden
Artist Life
1606–1669
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2009.71.4
Provenance
Earl of Aylesford (London and Packington Hall, Warwickshire, Lugt 58); Hermann Weber (Bonn, Lugt 1383); Julian Marshall (London, Lugt 1494); Edward Smith, Jr. (London, Lugt 2897); Walter Francis Tiffen (Salisbury, Lugt 1051); Marsden Jasael Perry (Providence, RI, Lugt 1880); Marseille Holloway (London, Lugt 1875); André-Jean Hachette (Paris, Lugt 132). C. G. Boerner (New York); Bruce Dayton (Wayzata, MN)
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 268, Bartsch 264, White/Boon (iv of v)
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3/4 portrait of a standing man, holding a small book in his PL hand; long hair with curls above the ears; moustache; sketchy archway and foliage behind figure; empty panel below image (inside plate marks)