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Belleuse, Albert Carrierr
Burr, George E
Davidson, Allen, Pinx
Dodge, Frances Farrand
Gaugengigl, Ignaz Marce
Good, J. W.
Guillermo Lorente Perez
Hannaford, Charles E
Hardy, Thomas Bush
Lautrec, Henri Toulouse
MacLauchlan, Donald Shaw
Poor, Henry Vernum
Renoir, Pierre Auguste
Russel, C M Charles
Aly El Sohby
Ward, William Jr.
Windisch, Etienne J
Rembrandt, (1606 – 1669);
Hundred Guilder Print
Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder
large view of the image Christ is the radiant central figure in this
monumental print by Rembrandt. His left hand is held up in benediction
as he gestures a mother with a child to approach. To the right, the
sick and the poor kneel before Jesus while a group of Pharisees
(strictly observant Jews, The Jewish People, From the Hebrew word
Jehudi, meaning belonging to the tribe of Judah, comes the word 'Jew'.
In broad terms, a Jew is a descendant of the biblical patriarchs,
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The early history of the Jewish people from
God's covenant with Abraham to the pre-Roman era can be read in the
Old Testament. The key precept of the Jewish faith is the belief in a
single God (rather than in a number of gods), and the coming of the
Messiah (an anointed king) who will establish God's kingdom on earth.
In the 13th century BC, Abraham's descendant, Moses led the Jews to
the promised land. This was the land of Canaan - later Palestine.
After many catastrophes and wars the Temple in the Jewish capital
Jerusalem was destroyed in the year 70 AD. The majority of the Jews
were subsequently driven out and scattered throughout the world.
Despite numerous bloody persecutions the Jewish culture and religion
has continued to exist. Since 1948 there is a Jewish state once more -
the state of Israel.) watch disapprovingly. The scene is taken from
the nineteenth chapter of the GospelEvangelists. The Evangelists were
the authors of the four Gospels, the New Testament books that tell the
story of Christ's life. The word 'evangelist' comes from the Greek 'euaggelion',
which means 'good news'. The four Evangelists were SS Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John. The Evangelists are often represented in art by
symbolic figures: the angel, lion, bull and eagle, respectively.
according to St Matthew. This describes Christ healing the sick,
debating with scholars and calling on children to come to him. A rich
young man, who was advised by Christ to give away all his possessions,
is leaving through the gateway on the right. Rather than focus on a
single story, Rembrandt has brought all these elements together into
The scene is bathed in dramatic light. Where the light actually comes
from is unclear: perhaps it is Christ himself whose aura radiates all
around. Surrounded by a halo of light, he is clearly distinguishable
against the dark background. The people around him are also touched by
the same light. On the left, the crowd is in fact over-illuminated.
These figures are depicted mainly in outline, all except the contours
being left blank. Some have suggested that this part of the work was
unfinished, but that seems improbable. Rembrandt certainly sold copies
of the print in the state it is today and changed very little.
Although most prints generally fetched no more than a few stuivers,
Rembrandt's etchings often commanded high prices. Especially his
larger prints which in many ways resembled paintings and were much
sought after by collectors. The quality of his work was recognized
immediately, not just after his death. This etching is known as the
Hundred Guilder Print because Rembrandt was able to charge '100
guilders, and more 'Quote On 9 June 1654, Joannes Meyssens, a dealer
in prints in Antwerp, noted in a letter to the Bishop of Bruges, Karel
van den Bosch, that 'there is here in addition the rarest of prints
produced by Rembrandt showing Christ healing the lepers, I know that
it sold on various occasions in Holland for one hundred guilders and
more and that it is as large as this sheet of paper [the letter is 31
x 21 cm], especially elegant and fine, although it should only cost
thirty guilders, and beautiful and clear'. for the work. Rembrandt may
also have used this print to swap in exchange. On the reverse, an
inscriptionInscriptionInscribed on the reverse of this impression of
the Hundred Guilder Print is the following text: 'Gift from my
particular friend Rembrandt in exchange for The Plague by M. Anthony'.
Below this is a French inscription describing how the picture was
swapped for Raimondi's print of The Plague. states that this
impression was traded for an expensive sixteenth-century print of 'The
Plague' by Marcantonio Raimondi. It is quite possible that Rembrandt,
a fanatical collector and dedicated artist, may have exchanged his own
prints for works by other masters.
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