drawing

The Temptation of Christ; Christ seated on a ledge in a rocky landscape, to l the Devil with the face of a bearded man and with cloven feet and tail showing beneath his long coat, holding a stone Brush drawing in brown and grey wash, touched with pen and brown ink, heightened with white, over black chalk, on pale brown prepared paper

AN222541001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.66

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 2171x
Hind 1915-31 3
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Renesse.2

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Constantyn Daniël van Renesse (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
The Temptation of Christ; Christ seated on a ledge in a rocky landscape, to left the Devil with the face of a bearded man and with cloven feet and tail showing beneath his long coat, holding a stone. c.1650

Pen and brown ink and black chalk, with brown and grey wash, touched with white heightening; ruled framing-lines in pen and brownish-black ink.

Verso: blank.

No watermark.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Indistinctly signed in black chalk, lower left: ‘C Renesse [?]’.


Dimensions
Height: 205 millimetres
Width: 268 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)


Condition
Good; top corners, originally rounded, made up; very slightly rubbed; some indentations in the shadows behind Christ.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Constantijn Daniël van Renesse, cat. no.2:
The subject is from Matthew, IV, iii-iv. The attribution to Renesse is supported by the signature, which has not previously been noticed. Like cat. no.1 (1851,0208.321), which it resembles stylistically, the drawing probably dates from around 1650. An unsigned drawing in Haarlem of 'Judah and Tamar' is also similar in style.[1]

NOTE:
[1] As pointed out by Sumowski (see Lit. below).

LITERATURE :
Bürger, 1858, p.400 (by Rembrandt; subject uncertain – Temptation of Christ, or St Anthony, or another hermit?); London, 1915, p.92, no.3, repr. pl.LXI (Renesse; subject 'Temptation of Christ'; attribution based on cat. no.1 [1851,0208.321] and on etching of 'Joseph expounding the Prisoners' Dreams' [now attributed to De Grebber, Holl.1]); Valentiner, I, 1925, p.485, under no.351 (on rarity of subject in Rembrandt and school); Sumowski, 1979 etc., IX, 1985, p.4876, no.2171x (Renesse, c.1660; compares 'Judah and Tamar' in Haarlem, Suowski 2169x, Scholten P*20).


Subject
temptation in wilderness (all objects)
devil/demon (all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Jesus Christ (biographical details | all objects)


Acquisition date
1824

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (as Rembrandt) (biographical details | all objects)


Exhibition History
No exhibitions.


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