Woman with the Arrow, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Woman with the Arrow
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Woman with the Arrow, 1661


Platte / Stein
205 x 123 mm
Blatt
206 x 125 mm
Physical Description
Etching, dry-point and copperplate
Inventory Number
5942 D
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

The "Woman with the arrow" is Rembrandt's last etching, apart from a small later commissioned work. He probably transformed the drawing into a narrative motif after a nude model holding onto a noose to keep her hand up, but it is difficult to interpret. It most likely depicts Venus showing an arrow to Cupid, whose face is hidden in the darkness behind the bed. The surface of the female body, which is actually less than ideal, is depicted with extreme tactile sensitivity. The extremely differentiated graphic technique that produces this effect can be seen in all its richness in the sheet of the Städel Museum, printed in plate tone.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Woman with the Arrow
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Etching, dry-point and copperplate
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert auf der Platte: Rembrandt f. 1661 (das d ist seitenverkehrt)
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch 202, II/III

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)

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22.10.2020