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The Statue of Nebuchadnezzer: The Divided Plate (B.36-3)

The Statue of Nebuchadnezzer

  • Etching and drypoint on wove paper with small, clean margins.  Mounted on vellum paper. Signed and dated in the plate, Rembrandt f. 1655.  From the collection of G.A. H. Buisman Jzn. (not in Lugt).
  • Biorklund Barnard's fifth state of five, White and Boon's fifth state of five, and Nowell Eusticke's fourth state of four, after the names of nations were added to the headband and limbs: on the forehead, Babel; right arm, Persi; left arm, Medi; navel, Graeci; right leg, Romani; left leg, Mahometani.
  • According to Nowell Eusticke, an early fourth state impression where the headband is brought down lower to the eyebrows and the left side of the statue is burnished.
  • Nowell Eusticke refers to this seventeenth century impression as "strong and rich" with "much burr".
  • Plate no longer in existence.
  • Nowell Eusticke refers this images as an RRR+ (with 30-50 prints in collections across the world). 
  • The illustrations were designed for a mystical book (Kabbalah) by Samuel Manasseh Ben Israel (B. 269), a famous Sephardic Rabbi and scholar (edited 1655), entitled, "Piedra Gloriosa de la Estatua de Nebuchadnesar" or  "Glorious Stone of the Statue of Nebuchadnezzar." 
  • Written in Spanish, this tome is a mystical treatise on the coming of the Messiah.  It concerns the "glorious stone hewn not by human hand".  The image with the feet of clay and iron that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was shattered by the stone, which would ultimately fill the earth (the globe to the right of the statue).
  • According to Schwartz, only four copies of the book with Rembrandt's Illustrations have survived.
  • The original uncut plate included four illustrations: The statue (image seen by Nebuchadnezzar) (Dan. 2:31-45); Jacob's ladder (Gen 28: 12-13); David and Goliath (1Sa 17); and, Daniel's vision of four beasts (Dan. 7:1-28).
  • The uncut plate went though three states before being divided into its four separate components.

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