Title: Diana at the Bath
Size: 7˝ x 6 1∕4˝
In about 1631, Rembrandt made a small group of prints and drawings of the female nude. Much to the dismay of some 17th and 18th century critics, these meticulous studies from life eschewed all classicising convention and portrayed the sitters in an un-idealized, naturalistic state. Although Rembrandt has added a classical context, including a bow and quiver in the etching to identify the figure as Diana, this is clearly a study of a model in the studio. At this early stage in his printmaking career… he has admirably caught the surprise on the face of Diana, disturbed while bathing in a stream
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