Virgin and Child with the Cat and the Snake
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Etching on laid paper
Width 14.5 cm x height 9.5 cm
Museum no. CAI646
Etching is a ‘print’ process whereby the artist ‘draws’ with a needle through a wax ground baring lines on a metal plate. These lines are then etched by acid to make grooves to hold ink from which multiple copies of the linear image can be printed. Such prints are not usually considered drawings although they have been created by an act of drawing and look remarkably similar to line drawings.