Christ Taken Before Caiaphas

Rembrandtc. 1641-1642

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The first drawing purchased by the museum as a Rembrandt is now considered by experts to have been made by a follower of the Dutch artist. The scene depicts Christ being led to his first interrogation after his capture in Gethsemane (John 18:12–14), an unusual subject that may be paraphrasing the traditional portrayal of Christ carrying the cross. Here, the exhausted figure of Christ, contrasted with the brutal features and cruel gestures of the soldiers, produces an image that resonates with emotion. However, stylistic details, particularly the use of wash that creates a vague space and the lack of clarity and directness in Christ's face, suggest that this drawing was executed by a student or follower working in Rembrandt's style.

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  • Title: Christ Taken Before Caiaphas
  • Creator: Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
  • Date Created: c. 1641-1642
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 18.2 x 23.4 cm (7 3/16 x 9 3/16 in.); Secondary Support: 18.2 x 23.4 cm (7 3/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Rev. Carwardine, Col. O. Probert, L. Ruzicka, Zurich, Rev. Thomas Carwardine, Earl's Colne Priory, Essex (not in Lugt; according to Probert sale catalogue). Colonel Oliver Probert (not in Lugt); [sold: Christie's, London, 16 May 1952, p. 9, lot 43, 800 guineas, repr.]. Leopold Ruzicka, Zurich (not in Lugt; according to departmental cataloguing sheet and card). [Mrs. Marianne Feilchenfeldt, Zurich]
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1960.187
  • Medium: pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, with white gouache
  • Inscriptions: VERSO, through transmitted light, upper right, in ink(?): [illegible] / [6601?] ; VERSO OF SECONDARY SUPPORT, upper left, in graphite: HJH [first two letters crossed out] ; upper center, in graphite: Rembrandt
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Netherlands, 17th century
  • Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
  • Collection: DR - Dutch
  • Accession Number: 1960.187

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