Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69)
'The Presentation in the Temple in the Dark Manner'
Etching (Bartsch 50, only state, unique variant)
Museum no. CAI 650
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Ionides secured this important print at a Paris sale of Rembrandt etchings in 1882. The impression, which is apparently unique, shows signs of the artist having vigorously scraped the plate to create an area of light at the top right, thereby heightening the drama of the scene.