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


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.

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