About this artwork

This is Rembrandt’s first etched night scene. Produced at a relatively early period in his career, this would undoubtedly have been his most spectacular print to date. The scene depicts the angel appearing to the shepherds with news of Christ’s birth. The composition reflects the drama of the event, and draws on the theatrical swirling style of contemporary Baroque painting. The herdsmen and their animals scatter in terror at this apparition, and appear tiny in relation to the grandly conceived landscape.

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Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)