New Testament paintings (1640s)
by REMBRANDT

It is to the biblical pictures that we must turn to see Rembrandt's greatest contribution during his mature period. The deepening of the religious content of these works is connected with some shift in his choice of biblical subjects. During the 1630s Rembrandt had used the Bible as a source for dramatic motifs; for example, the Blinding of Samson. In his middle phase he turned to more calm and intimate subjects, particularly episodes from the life of the Holy Family. At the beginning of the mature period the figure of Christ becomes pre-eminent. Scenes taken from the life of Jesus, quiet episodes of his youth, his preaching and the deeds of his early manhood, and his resurrection form the main subject of the biblical representations.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Holy Family
1640
Oil on wood, 41 x 34 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

823*1051
True Color
133 Kb



Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
1644
Oil on wood, 84 x 65 cm
National Gallery, London

1111*1400
True Color
125 Kb



Joseph's Dream
1645
Oil on mahogany panel, 20 x 27 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1333*1000
True Color
159 Kb



The Holy Family with Angels
1645
Oil on canvas, 117 x 91 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1173*1500
True Color
190 Kb



The Holy Family with Angels (detail)
1645
Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1100*1478
True Color
258 Kb



The Holy Family with a Curtain
1646
Oil on wood, 46,5 x 69 cm
Staatliche Museen, Kassel

1091*750
True Color
127 Kb



Adoration of the Shepherds
1646
Oil on canvas, 66 x 55 cm
National Gallery, London

800*966
True Color
94 Kb



Rest on the Flight into Egypt
1647
Oil on panel, 34 x 48 cm
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

1542*1100
True Color
175 Kb



Supper at Emmaus
1648
Oil on canvas, 68 x 65 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1400*1462
True Color
194 Kb




Summary of works by Rembrandt
Paintings
New Testament subjects | until 1639 | 1640s | 1650-60s
Passion of Christ | Old Testament subjects
Mythological subjects | Historical subjects
Portraits | until 1632 | 1633-39 | 1640s | 1650s | 1660s
Group portraits | Self-portraits
Landscapes | Miscellaneous subjects
Paintings in the style of Rembrandt (not by Rembrandt)
Graphics
Etchings (until 1645) | Etchings (from 1646) | Drawings and engravings