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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1955.93
People
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Title
Pilate Washing his Hands
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1650-c. 1655
Culture
Dutch
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/297426
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown ink and white opaque watercolor on off-white antique laid paper, partial framing line in brown ink
Dimensions
actual: 20.2 x 25.6 cm (7 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 2584
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: Rembrant. B.
  • watermark: none
Provenance
Von Eelking, sold; [Heberle, 3-4 June, 1902, lot 133]. Private Collector, Scandinavia, sold [through Amsler and Ruthardt, Berlin, 25-27 May 1908, lot 415]; to F. Güterbock. [1] Dr. Edmund Schilling, London. [2] [Dr. W. Feilchenfeldt, Zurich]. [Eberhard Kornfeld, Bern], sold [through Richard H. Zinsser, Forest Hills, New York]; to Fogg Art Museum, 1955

Notes
[1] According to Benesch 1934, the drawing is still in the collection of Güterbock.
[2] Schilling began collecting circa 1950 [see Bartrum, "Edmund Schilling (1888-1974), Scholar and Collector: Old Master Drawings at the British Museum," Apollo Magazine, 1997, pp. 52-53
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of James N. Rosenberg in honor of Paul J. Sachs through the Gifts for Special Uses Fund
Accession Year
1955
Object Number
1955.93
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Handzeichnungen und Aquarelle, auct. cat., Amsler & Ruthardt (Berlin, May 25, 1908), p. 35, lot 415, repr.

Otto Benesch, Rembrandt Werk und Forschung, Gilhofer & Ranschburg (Vienna, 1935), p. 55

Jakob Rosenberg, "A Rembrandt Drawing: Pilate Washing His Hands", Annual Report (Fogg Art Museum) (1954-55), p. 12, repr. p. 13

Edward A. Maser, Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration: Masterworks from University and College Art Collections, exh. cat., University of Kansas Museum of Art (Lawrence, KS, 1958), cat. no. 46, n.p.

Felice Stampfle and Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Rembrandt Drawings from American Collections, exh. cat., The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY, 1960), cat. no. 60, pp. 44-45, repr. pl. 53, fig. 60

Highlights from the Collections of the Fogg Museum and Harvard Alumni of St. Louis, exh. cat., City Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, 1964), cat. no. 11, n.p.

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), no. 15

Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt [enlarged ed.], Phaidon Press (Oxford, 1973), no. 937

Franklin W. Robinson, Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation (Washington, D.C, 1977), cat. no. 38, pp. xvi and 43-44, repr.

Seymour Slive, "Rembrandt at Harvard", Apollo (June 1978), vol. 107, no. 196, pp. 452-463, p. 458, repr. p. 460, fig. 13

Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, 1979), cat. no. 51, n.p., repr. pl. 51

Peter C. Sutton, A Guide to Dutch Art in America, Netherlands-American Amity Trust and Eerdmans (Washington, D.C. and Grand Rapids, MI, 1986), p. 42

William W. Robinson, "[Review] Holm Bevers, Zeichnungen der Rembrandtschule im Berliner Kupferstichkabinett: Kritischer Katalog, Master Drawings (Spring 2020), LVIII, no. 1, pp. 113-122, p. 119, note 44 (p. 122)

Exhibition History

Rembrandt, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, 04/18/1937 - 05/30/1937

Masterworks from University and College Art Collections, University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, 02/22/1958 - 03/30/1958

Highlights from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum and Harvard Alumni of St. Louis, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/30/1964 - 03/01/1964

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/30/1977 - 03/13/1977; Denver Art Museum, Denver, 04/01/1977 - 05/15/1977; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 06/01/1977 - 07/15/1977

European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979

Rembrandt: A Selection of his Works, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 10/18/1984 - 12/11/1984

Rembrandt and His School: Drawings from the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen Rotterdam, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 12/02/1989 - 01/28/1990

Rembrandt Prints & Drawings, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, 11/05/2008 - 12/14/2008

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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