REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)

The Baptism of the Eunuch

Oil on oak panel, 64 x 48 cm
Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht

This painting is not included in the Bredius catalogue.

Rembrandt went to Amsterdam in 1624 to develop his artistic skills in the workshop of Pieter Lastman. Lastman, a Catholic, had spent some time in Italy and gave a course on the treatment of biblical and mythological subjects which opened up new horizons for Rembrandt. He learnt how to arrange multi-figure compositions, and how to evoke historical place and time through he use of lavish, colourful costumes. Lastman also inspired Rembrandt's painting of The Baptism of the Eunuch, a subject favoured by both Catholics and Protestants.