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Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan

c. 1656-1661

Rembrandt van Rijn

(Dutch, 1606-1669)

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash

Support: Light brown Japanese paper laid down on beige(1) laid paper

Sheet: 22.5 x 17.1 cm (8 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.); Secondary Support: 27.6 x 22.4 cm (10 7/8 x 8 13/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1978.38


Rembrandt drew a number of copies after Indian miniature paintings, and he based this sheet on a contemporary work of the Mughal school showing the emperor Shah Jahan (ruled 1628-58). The technique of this work is especially interesting because the artist used a Japanese paper, whose surface absorbs the ink in a very different way from traditional Western papers.

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DR - Dutch
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