Artwork Title: Artist Drawing from the Model, - Artist Name: Rembrandt van RijnArtwork Title: Artist Drawing from the Model, - Artist Name: Rembrandt van Rijn

Artist Drawing from the Model,

Rembrandt van Rijn

Artist Drawing from the Model is thought to be an allegory for the arts. The contrast between the laboriously worked background — where you can see every single line — and the loosely sketched, unfinished foreground, is stark. Since the printing process was so lengthy, the reason why Rembrandt agreed to produce the work remains a mystery. It may have been that he wanted to finish one section before the other. Others have speculated that the work was produced as a challenge for fine art students, who might have been asked to fill in the foreground in a way that complemented Rembrandt’s background. It may have been something of a novelty for students and collectors. (http://www.christies.com/features/Courtauld-unfinished-the-graft-behind-the-glitter-6295-1.aspx)

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