New Testament paintings (1640s)

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 Info
Holy Family with St Anne
Oil on wood, 41 x 34 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary of works by Rembrandt
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)
Etchings | Drawings

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