This is one of Rembrandt’s most experimental prints. The print is executed entirely using the drypoint technique in which the copper plate was scratched directly with a metal stylus. In this case the plate was not printed on paper but on vellum. At the centre of the composition we see the Roman governor Pontius Pilate showing Christ to the people, who call out for his crucifixion (Matthew 27:11-26).


  • Title: Christ Presented to the People
  • Creator Lifespan: 1606 - 1669
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Date Created: 1655
  • Theme: Christianity-New Testament
  • Physical Dimensions: w432 x h354 mm
  • Original Title: Christus aan het volk getoond
  • Engraver: Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Artist Information: Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden. After his apprenticeship, during which he studied with various painters including Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, he started a studio in Leiden. He became successful with paintings of biblical scenes and famous for the great attention he paid to the incidence of light. From 1632, Rembrandt worked in Amsterdam, where he made a name as portrait painter for the well-to-do middle classes. In 1634 he married Saskia van Uylenburgh, and they had a son, Titus, together. Rembrandt painted various portraits of both Saskia and Titus. After 1642, the year in which Saskia died and in which he painted the famous Nachtwacht, business declined. In 1656, he was declared bankrupt. In these years, Rembrandt's subjects became more reticent and less baroque. Rembrandt had a very high production. Some 650 paintings from his hand are known, including 60 self-portraits, around 300 etchings and 1500 to 2000 drawings.
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Donated by Dr. A.J. Domela Nieuwenhuis 1923
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Dry-point, printed on parchment

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