Woman with the arrow; Cleopatra seated nude on a bed holding an arrow, whole-length seen from behind, body turned to right, a man's face (Mark Antony?) seen on the bed in the shadows at left. 1661 Etching, drypoint and burin
Watermark: Strasbourg lily (Similar to Hinterding catalogue, variant A [detail of top only])
- Height: 206 millimetres
- Width: 124 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered with Rembrandt's signature and date, in lower left: "Rembrandt f. 1661" (letter 'd' in reverse).
This is an impression of first state, for impressions of later states see also F,5.151; 1843,0607.130; and 1910,0212.394.
2006 label text for "Rembrandt: a 400th anniversary display":
Woman with the arrow, 1661
Etching, drypoint and burin, Hind 303, 1st state
One of a number of late studies of the female nude by Rembrandt. In this case he has given the woman an arrow, and a youth appears in the background. These emblems suggest that Rembrandt here represented the ancient goddess of love, Venus (Aphrodite), with her son Cupid (Eros), yet the image retains the quality of a life study.
1990 Exhibition Label:
"One of Rembrandt's last etchings, it has been described as one of the tenderest studies of the nude in the history of printmaking".
D+F XVIIc Mounted Roy
1990, BM, Treasures of the Department of Prints and Drawings
28 January 1999
Lift from mounts. Remove verso debris. Support tears/repair where necessary. Inlay. To be beta-radiographed if there is watermark.
Guarded to solid mount. Slight skinning around edges. Discolouration from guards on verso edges.
Lifted by slitting guards with a scalpel. Debris removed using a poultice of Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether). Adhesive residue removed with cotton wool swabs dampened with warm water. Skinned areas supported with Japanese tissue and Abra starch (wheat starch) adhesive. Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Pressed. Inlaid to BM inlay paper with strips of Japanese tissue and Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether) adhesive. Pressed.
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Object reference number: PPA41286
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