Auction or Gallery status
User login

Forgot your password or username?

Shop Catalogue




Publisher: REMBRANDT Harmensz. van Rijn
Title: Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.
Published in: Amsterdam, 1634
   
Size: 3.6 x 4.5 inches.
9.1 x 11.5 cm.
Colouring:

Uncolored
Condition: Etching, on laid paper, without watermark, a good impression of the second, state, trimmed on neatline. Some paper thinning on lower right verso, not affecting imprint.
Condition Rating

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife depicts a story from the Bible, wherein Potiphar's Wife attempts to seduce Joseph. This etching is signed and dated "Rembrandt f. 1634". Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669).

Rembrandt's etching is a dramatic presentation of the moment Potiphar's wife grabs the fleeing Joseph.
Considered "unprecedented in its erotic candor", it shows Joseph averting his eyes from the frankly depicted nude lower body of his master's wife.
Only an etching of 1600 by Antonio Tempesta had portrayed a comparable sexual aggressiveness.

Despite compositional similarities to the Tempesta, Rembrandt's depiction of human emotions—Joseph's revulsion and the desperation of Potiphar's wife—is unique to him, and the work is more blunt in its suggestion of the woman's physical appetite.

As in his 1638 etching of Adam and Eve, the explicit depiction of the female's vulva is unusual, and emphasizes the seductress's lasciviousness; a persistent notion from antiquity to 17th century Holland was that a woman's genitals hungered insatiably for the male's seed.

Of some 300 etchings that Rembrandt produced, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife was one of only four or five that may be classified as erotica; these prints were not widely disseminated during his life.
A context for Rembrandt's unidealized interpretation of the nude was proposed by Kenneth Clark, who noted that the artist's female figures from the early 1630s marked a break with the abundant exuberance of his contemporary, Peter Paul Rubens, and were at stark contrast with the classicism of the conventional nude.

Rembrandt's etchings offered a "defiant truthfulness", as well as a sense of pity for physical imperfections, the fat and wrinkles of the human body.

Rembrandt may have intended moral implications in the dramatic use of light and shadow, with Joseph seen radiantly illuminated on the left side of the print and Potiphar's wife surrounded by the darkness of her bedchamber on the right.

The rich tonal quality Rembrandt achieved in early etchings like Joseph and Potiphar's Wife was produced by his building dark areas with multiple overlays of hatched lines, gained through repeated work on successive states of the print.
The original printing plate survives in a private collection.
Reference: Bartsch 39, H. 118. Sluijter, E., Rembrandt and the Female Nude, (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006)



map Thumbnail Catalogue  book Catalogue  Category: Prints / Drawings | Prints 16-18th century | Check Archive |

Click image to zoom old map image
 REMBRANDT Harmensz. van Rijn -  Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.
REMBRANDT Harmensz. van Rijn - Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. high resolution image of old map
Click image to zoom old map image


For more than 40 years we have been selling genuine old maps, atlases, prints, posters. Every item on this site is clearly dated and priced and was engraved on copper, unless otherwise stated.

Measurements exclude the margins and are provided in both millimeters and inches, with height given first.
Colour was done by hand. 'Original colours' means that the item was coloured at, or about, the time of it's original publication. When the term 'Coloured' appears, it means that the map was more recently coloured, likely in this century or at the end of last century.
A colour code is used help and we use a condition rating system. help
In addition, we have created a unique HiBCOR grading system which we believe can assist all collectors in forming a collection. Please take the time to read this.

Certificate of authenticity Warranty
We warranty the authenticity of each map, print, atlas, poster or medieval manuscript described in this catalogue. Our warranty means that there is no time limitation to our guarantee of authenticity and if there is ever discovered that something bought here is not authentic, your money will be returned. We stand by what we sell.
- We try to carefully note any splits, tears, discolouration or other defects and to assist buyers we use a condition rating system that can be found here: help
  Please note that if the condition report does not show any remarks about splits, tears, discolouration, etc. this means there are none to be found in the item described. Splits, tears, discolouration and other defects are carefully noted. In addition we use a condition rating system help
 As a general rule we try to offer maps of a high quality standard

- A certificate of authenticity is provided for each acquired map, print, atlas, poster or medieval manuscript.

- The items in the Fixed-sale catalog are available for immediate purchase without any commission charged.
- Generally, sales are not subject to VAT or Sales Tax; however, we are required by law to add 7% sales tax to the bill of buyers from within the state of Florida.
- There is a shipping fee of $25 per combined shipment (we are happy to combine all your purchases foreach sale into one package) and this one fee will also include handling and insurance.

- We accept checks, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and bank transfers.

FAQ
Click for more details about buying in fix sale gallery, or bidding at auction.
Many answers are likely to find in help section.

Paulus Swaen Internet Auction
is the first internet auction specializing in old maps, Medieval manuscripts and prints. It is a unique place for buying and selling antique maps, atlases, books, and medieval manuscripts.
We are in the map business for 40 years! more
Lot number: 82163
We guarantee the authenticity of this item.
Inquire about this item.

REMBRANDT Harmensz. van Rijn - Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife.
zoom


This antique map is available for immediate purchase.
Click here to continue!
$ 4,500
Approx. Euro 3,825  

H!BCoR*** help
GRADING
Historical
Beauty
Condition
Rarity

 Add to my gallery  
Like this item?
Thinking about buying later on?
Or just create a virtual collection !
With Wishlist you can collect all
Your Favorite maps in one place
by simply pressing a button!
[ Read More ]
 

 





This item is available for immediate purchase !
No commission is charged. Shipping fee is $25 per combined shipment, including handling and insurance.
Read more info or Click on 'Buy it now' button to continue.
$ 4,500
Approx. Euro 3,825