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The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
    born: Leyden, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands) ; died: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands)
  • The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, 1634
  • Where object was made: Netherlands
  • etching, burin, drypoint
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 260 x 218 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 267 x 220 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 1/4 x 8 9/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 8 5/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Bequest of George and Annette Cross Murphy
  • Not on display
  • 1989.0153
Catalogue raisonné

An angel appearing in clouds directly above in front of a small group of shepherds with their flock of goats, sheep and cattle, all fleeing in fear. The angel is surrounded by cherub-like angels emanating from a bright light.