Saskia(?) sitting up in bed, holding a child
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 - 1669)
Red chalk on laid paper
Height: 14.1 cm; Width: 10.6 cm;
Graphite, lower left corner, recto, 5
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
About this work
This spontaneous sketch of a mother cradling a newborn child, gazing from behind bed curtains, almost certainly depicts the artist's wife, Saskia Uylenburgh, whom Rembrandt married in 1633. The fluently drawn soft forms and the delicate application of the chalk suggest an early date. The baby is probably the couple’s firstborn son, Rumbartus. Although this intimate study was not directly preparatory for another work of art, Rembrandt probably made it – as with many other depictions of Saskia – with his paintings and prints in mind.
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