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Christ Presented to the People
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
    born: Leyden, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands) ; died: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands)
  • Christ Presented to the People, 1655
  • Where object was made: Netherlands
  • drypoint
  • Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 358 x 457 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 14 1/8 x 18 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
    Frame Dimensions: 25 1/4 x 28 x 1 in
    Weight: 8 lbs
  • Gift of the Max Kade Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 1977.0051
Catalogue raisonné

Stage in center with a large group of people standing on it, including Jesus Christ. There are also people standing at the base of the stage. Image is dominated by rigid architectural divisions - severe rectangles enclosing groups of anonymous (faceless) figures. Figures are arranged in a hieratic fashion, with officials and soldiers placed literally over the confused mass below; above the officials two statues involke the concepts of justice and orger which legitimize their power.