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St. Francis Beneath a Tree Praying

A work made of etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper.




Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606-1669

About this artwork

Rembrandt saturated the dark, inky forest of his Saint Francis beneath a Tree Praying with velvety burr along drypoint lines and deep tone wiped selectively throughout the plate. Instead of the Dutch Reformed Church, this image reflects the vision of the Roman Catholic Church in its emphasis on the lives of the saints and therefore may have been a private commission. The unusually elderly Saint Francis gazes toward a large crucifix, which might be real or imagined, within the forest glade and speaks directly to it. With his head angled and mouth open, Francis is hardly passive in prayer but rather an active advocate of Christianity.

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Rembrandt van Rijn


St. Francis Beneath a Tree Praying




Made 1657


Etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper


182 × 242 mm (image/plate); 183 × 244 mm (sheet)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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