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Kostverloren Castle in Decay

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of opaque white watercolor, on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of opaque white watercolor, on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1652

Artist:

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

Rembrandt and his contemporaries shared a fascination with the Kostverloren estate, in part because of the successive misfortunes that its owners seemed to endure. Already by Rembrandt’s time it had taken on its name, which translates as “lost expenses” or, more colloquially, “money pit.” The site faced another setback when much of the castle was destroyed in a fire. After this damage—and before its eventual repair—Rembrandt entered the grounds of the castle and recorded its diminished state. His emphasis on decay is made clear by the felled tree in foreground; its strident horizontality sets off the faded majesty of the castle’s once-grand structures.

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Artist

Rembrandt van Rijn

Title

Kostverloren Castle in Decay

Origin

Holland

Date

1647–1657

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with touches of opaque white watercolor, on cream laid paper

Dimensions

109 × 175 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1961.49

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