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

The angel appearing to the shepherds

Etching, burin and drypoint, third state of three, 262 x 218 mm
Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Catalogue number: Bartsch 44.

When Rembrandt printed the first impression, he had blocked in the entire composition and completed the background when he felt the need to see how the plate looked in printed form. The print was completed only in the third state.