Lot 138: REMBRANDT VAN RIJN The Return of the Prodigal Son.
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
The Return of the Prodigal Son.
Etching and drypoint, 1636. 158x136 mm; 6 1/4x5 3/8 inches, narrow margins. Usticke's first state (of 4), with the toe of the boot at the far right still printing. A superb, dark and evenly-printed impression, wth very strong contrasts and no wear in the densely cross-hatched areas to the right of the son's nose, and with the faint landscape and buildings in the left background manifest, characteristic of the earliest impressions of this etching. Bartsch 91; Biörklund 36-D; Hollstein (White and Boon) 91.