Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple

Rembrandt Van Rijn
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple
etching
1635

An original Rembrandt Van Rijn etching.

1635

Original etching printed in black ink on laid paper.

Signed and dated in the plate lower right Rembrandt f. 1635.

A strong, dark 18th century impression of Bartsch’s second and final state, Usticke’s third state of seven, New Hollstein’s third state of four, printed after the addition of the shadowing to the lower left corner.

Catalog: Bartsch 69 ii/ii, Hind 124, Biorklund-Barnard 35-2, Usticke 69 iii/vii; New Hollstein 139 iii/iv.

“And the Jews’ passover was at hand; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise” (John 2:13-17)

The etching follows the Bible text to the letter. Jesus is seized by a holy rage. The rays emanating from his raised hand form the center of the composition, underlining the violence of his behavior and setting up a contrast between him and the frightened priests in the background.