Two butchers, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Two butchers
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Two butchers, 1635 – 1639


Blatt
149 x 199 mm
Inventory Number
3626
Object Number
3626 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

The Städel Museum has in its holdings one of Rembrandt’s studies “after life” – this pen and ink drawing. The choice of motif, however, adheres to pictorial tradition: depictions of the slaughter are encountered rather frequently in the Dutch painting of the period, as genre scenes but sometimes also as a hidden allusion to the Passion of Christ. Here, Rembrandt evidently observed the butchers directly as they were going about their work. He drew rapidly, alternating between fine and bold strokes of the pen to characterize the toilsome labour by way of the poses, the suggestion of movement, and the expressive physiognomies. He spontaneously joined the two studies in a composition, and made a written note of an observation on the sheet as well.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Two butchers
Draughtsman
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet oben links (mit der Feder in Braun): t´vel daer aen / ende voorts de rest / bysleepende [=Das Fell daran / und weiter / schleift der Rest]
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Früher als Gelder
Verso geschwärzter Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Wappenkrone mit Zierband mit Bällen [Fragment]
Work Catalogues
  • Benesch II.95.400

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Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 47B1814 butcher, slaughterman
  • 41C691 slaughtered ox or pig
  • 47D8(AXE) tools, aids, implements ~ crafts and industries: axe

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Last update

02.03.2021