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Recueil Basan

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1941,0327.11.84

  • Title (series)

    • Recueil Basan
  • Description

    A Scholar in His Study ('Faust'); Man wearing robes and a cap standing behind his desk looking over his left shoulder towards the left at the apparition of an inscribed and radiant disk and a vague figure with a pointing hand in the window, a globe in the right foreground, papers, a skull and curtain in the left background; posthumous seventh state, completely reworked, sitter looks like younger man, after beam of light shining at the sitter's face has been divided in two beams; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810. c.1652
    Etching, drypoint and burin

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1652 (c.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 208 millimetres
    • Width: 162 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered in the centre of the circle in the window: "INRI"; and around it in the inner ring: "+ ADAM + TE + DAGERAM"; and in the outer ring: "+ AMRTET + ALGAR + ALGASTINA ++".
  • Curator's comments

    For the Rembrandt etching see F,6.23

    For comment on the volume, which was published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810, see 1941,0327.11.1

  • Bibliography

    • Hind 260.III bibliographic details
    • White+Boon 270.III bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 270.VII (Rembrandt) bibliographic details
  • Location

    157*.b.26

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1941

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1941,0327.11.84

Doctor Faust'; a scholar (alchemist ?) standing behind his desk in his study, looking towards right at a window where an inscribed and radiant disc is appearing; late impression, re-worked by Pierre François Basan; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810.  c.1652
Etching, drypoint and burin

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Doctor Faust'; a scholar (alchemist ?) standing behind his desk in his study, looking towards right at a window where an inscribed and radiant disc is appearing; late impression, re-worked by Pierre François Basan; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810. c.1652 Etching, drypoint and burin

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