Joseph’s Coat Brought to Jacob

Rembrandt Van Rijn
Joseph’s Coat Brought to Jacob
etching & drypoint
c. 1633

An original Rembrandt Van Rijn etching & drypoint print.

c. 1633

Original etching with touches of drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper.

Signed in the plate lower right Rembrandt/van-Rijn-fe.

A fine 18th century impression of Bartsch’s second and final state, Usticke’s second state of four, printed after the addition of the line at the top of the kneeling man’s skull, and the retouch of the back of Jacob’s stone seat making it appear to be divided in the center, this retouch possibly having been performed by Charles Henri Watelet circa 1770, showing some wear at Jacob’s back and the back of the stone seat.

Catalog: Bartsch 38 ii/ii; Hind 104; Bioklund-Barnard 33-I; Usticke 38 ii/iv

4 1/4 x 3 3/16”

Sheet Size: 4 3/8 x 3 1/4”

Joseph was seized by his brothers and sold to some merchants as a slave. They then dipped his coat in the blood of a kid, and brought it to their father, telling him that they had found it that way in the desert. Jacob could only conclude that Joseph had been devoured by wild beasts. He fell into an inconsolable depression (Genesis 37:31-34)