Jan Antonides Van Der Linden

Rembrandt Van Rijn
Jan Antonides Van Der Linden
Etching & Drypoint
1655

An original Rembrandt Van Rijn Etching & Drypoint print.

1655

Original etching, drypoint and burin printed in black ink on thin laid paper.

A fine 19th century impression of Bartsch’s fifth and final state, Usticke’s seventh state of seven. Published and printed by J. Kay in “A Collection Etchings; Mostly Original,” London, 1826.

Catalog: Bartsch 264 v/v; Hind 268; Biorklund-Barnard 65-1; Usticke 262 vii/vii

4 7/8 x 4 1/16 inches

Jan Antonides van der Linden (1609-64) was a famous physician and a friend of Nicholas Tulp. After working for many years in Franeker, and presenting the city with its botanical gardens, he left in 1651 to become a professor of medicine in Leiden.

Rembrandt’s etched portrait of van der Linden was intended to accompany a publication of Hippocrates’s writings on medicine, with a commentary by the Dutch physician. Many documents concerning the project have survived, which confirm that the publisher, Daniel van Gaesbeecq, commissioned the work in 1665. Among the conditions stipulated, was that the portrait be engraved. However, Rembrandt chose to make an etching, which is probably the reason his portrait of van der Linden was not included in the publication.

This portrait of Jan Antonides van der Liden is Rembrandt’s last known etching. He based this posthumous portrait of a man he had probably never seen on a painted portrait by Abraham van den Temple.

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