REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)
The Incredulity of St Thomas1634
Oil on oak panel, 53 x 51 cm
Pushkin Museum, Moscow
Catalogue number: Bredius 552.
Sometimes Rembrandt treated familiar biblical stories in a new, even shocking, way, as in the present painting. Light plays the leading role. The most characteristic feature of this somewhat theatrical composition is the lightened figure of Christ from whom the light is irradiating the whole scene. The sleeping man on the right is non-conventional.