REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
CHRIST HEALING THE SICK (THE HUNDRED GUILDER PRINT)
Etching, engraving, and drypoint
11 1/16 x 15 11/16 in. (28 x 40cm)
Private Collection, Pennsylvania.
Rembrandt's most famous etching, "Christ Healing the Sick," is an amalgamation of episodes from chapter 19 of the Gospel of St. Matthew, in which the essence of Christ's ministry is conveyed. Likely completed in 1649, the print features a diversity of printmaking styles and techniques, a result of Rembrandt working on the print over several years. The rich areas of black on the right part of the composition contrast severely with the delicate handling of line on the left. Rembrandt also varied the papers and amount of ink used on each impression, making each print genuinely unique.
The print is most commonly known as "The Hundred Guilder Print" and has been since the 18th century. There are various origin stories to the name, with a popular one being that Rembrandt himself paid this princely sum at auction for one of his own impressions.
While the present work is a posthumous print done shortly after the artists death, the print was made before the plate was acquired by the Irish printmaker known as "Captain William Baillie," who altered the composition.
Sold for $43,750 (buyer's premium included)