Virgin and Child in the Clouds



Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669


Virgin and Child in the Clouds






Etching and drypoint
6 3/8 x 4 1/8 in. (16.2 x 10.5 cm)

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In seventeenth-century Holland, Rembrandt became the most inventive printmaker since Albrecht Dürer. While looking to the work of his predecessors (he collected prints by Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, and Jacques Callot among others), Rembrandt drew on tradition only in order to transform it through his intrepidly experimental etching technique. The model for the Virgin and Child in the Clouds is a circa 1581 etching by the Italian painter Federico Barocci, but Rembrandt translated it into his own vernacular. Characteristically revealing his working methods, he also left his initial attempt at the composition, the upside down face on the Virgin's left knee, in plain view.
Signed and dated in plate within dark clouds: Rembrandt f. 1641.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Lane III


Invention and Revival: Northern European Prints, Michael C. Carlos Museum, February 12 - May 15, 2005|
Old Masters: Highlights of the Works on Paper Collection, Michael C. Carlos Museum, August 15 - December 6, 2009|
MCCM Newsletter, September - November, 2009.|
Michael C. Carlos Museum: Highlights of the Collections (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2011), 136-37.


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Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669, “Virgin and Child in the Clouds,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 11, 2018,

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