Rembrandt's Religious Prints

Rembrandt's Religious Prints

The Feddersen Collection at the Snite Museum of Art
Charles M. Rosenberg
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Format: Hardback 243 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02587-6
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Rembrandt’s stunning religious prints stand as evidence of the Dutch master’s extraordinary skill as a technician and as a testament to his genius as a teller of tales. Here, several virtually unknown etchings, collected by the Feddersen family and now preserved for the ages at the University of Notre Dame, are made widely available in a lavishly illustrated volume. Building on the contributions of earlier Rembrandt scholars, noted art historian Charles M. Rosenberg illuminates each of the 70 religious prints through detailed background information on the artist’s career as well as the historical, religious, and artistic impulses informing their creation. Readers will enjoy an impression of the earliest work, The Circumcision (1625-26); the famous Hundred Guilder Print; the enigmatic eighth state of Christ Presented to the People; one of a handful of examples of the very rare final posthumous state of The Three Crosses; and an impression and counterproof of The Triumph of Mordecai. From the joyous epiphany of the coming of the Messiah to the anguish of the betrayal of a father (Jacob) by his children, from choirs of angels waiting to receive the Virgin into heaven to the dog who defecates in the road by an ancient inn (The Good Samaritan), Rembrandt’s etchings offer a window into the nature of faith, aspiration, and human experience, ranging from the ecstatically divine to the worldly and mundane. Ultimately, these prints— modest, intimate, fragile objects—are great works of art which, like all masterpieces, reward us with fresh insights and discoveries at each new encounter.

Author Bio

Charles M. Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Notre Dame. He is editor of The Court Cities of Northern Italy.


“Stunning religious prints stand as evidence of the Dutch master’s extraordinary skill as a technician and as a testament to his genius as a teller of tales. In this lavishly illustrated volume, virtually unknown etchings reward us with fresh insights and discoveries at each new encounter.”

“Despite many reliable catalogues of Rembrandt etchings, very few have focused on the religious content of these prints. The outstanding range of the Feddersen Collection offers an excellent occasion for closer examination of Rembrandt's development—as a printmaker but also as a spiritual devout Christian, especially evident from his thoughtful return to the same subjects across his career. Charles Rosenberg and his team at the Snite Museum deserve our thanks for fresh analysis of Rembrandt's religious prints, combined with the latest scholarship on the artist and his etchings output. Rembrandt scholars but also all lovers of the artist will want to consult this important catalogue.”
 — Larry Silver, author (with Shelley Perlove) of Rembrandt's Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age

“Rembrandt’s etchings of religious themes capture the emotional heart of their subjects through a uniquely inventive approach to both technique and content. Thus, it is no wonder that these inspiring images have been the focus of a number of private collections in Europe and North America. The seventy prints gathered by Jack and Alfrieda Feddersen span the full range of Rembrandt’s production and offer an outstanding resource for appreciation and research. This catalogue tells the fascinating story of how the collection was formed and brings a fresh analysis to each print. Charles Rosenberg’s extensive catalogue entries will be useful reading for anyone interested in the history of European art and one of its most talented practitioners, Rembrandt van Rijn.”
 — Stephanie Dickey, author of Rembrandt: Portraits in Print

“In this volume, Rembrandt’s religious prints are analyzed with great scientific rigor, which makes this publication useful not only as a catalog of the works held by the Snite Museum of Art, but above all, valuable on an artistic, historical, social, and human level.”
 — Grafica d'arte

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Jack and Alfrieda Feddersen: Building a Collection
Rembrandt's Religious Prints
Chronology of Rembrandt's Life
Appendix: Additional Rembrandt Prints in the Snite Museum of Art
Glossary of Print Terms