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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606–1669

The Death of the Virgin

Etching and drypoint, 1639
Given in memory of Grace J. Hitchcock, 1978.43

This is considered Rembrandt’s first etching in which he no longer seeks to imitate painting. Through the great freedom of the composition and the greater variety of line, he begins to utilize the expressive potential of etching as its own particular artistic medium.