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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

The Jewish Bride (The bride and groom). Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
around 1667, oil on canvas, 121.5 x 166.5 cm
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

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Die Judenbraut (Das Brautpaar). Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

um 1667, Öl auf Leinwand, 121,5 × 166,5 cm
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

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Η Εβραία Νύφη (η νύφη και ο γαμπρός).. Ρέμπραντ Χάρμενσζον φαν Ράιν

περίπου το 1667, λάδι σε καμβά, 121,5 × 166,5 εκ
Άμστερνταμ, Rijksmuseum

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The Jewish Bride (Dutch: Het Joodse bruidje) is a painting by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, painted around 1667.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

The Jewish Bride ( Bride and groom ) , detail

The painting gained its current name in the early 19th century, when an Amsterdam art collector identified the subject as that of a Jewish father bestowing a necklace upon his daughter on her wedding day. This interpretation is no longer accepted, and the identity of the couple is uncertain.[1] The ambiguity is heightened by the lack of anecdotal context, leaving only the central universal theme, that of a couple joined in love.[2] Speculative suggestions as to the couple's identity have ranged from Rembrandt's son Titus and his bride, or Amsterdam poet Miguel de Barrios and his wife. Also considered are several couples from the Old Testament, including Abraham and Sarah, or Boaz and Ruth. The likeliest identification, however, is that of Isaac and Rebekah, as described in Genesis 26:8, and is supported by a drawing by the artist of the same theme.[3]

While technical evidence suggests that Rembrandt initially envisioned a larger and more elaborate composition, the placement of his signature at lower left indicates that its current dimensions are not significantly different from those at the time of its completion.[4] According to Rembrandt biographer Christoper White, the completed composition is "one of the greatest expressions of the tender fusion of spiritual and physical love in the history of painting."[5]

The painting is in the permanent collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
See also

The Girl in a Picture Frame, alternative name The Jewish Bride, by Rembrandt, 1641

References

^ "The Jewish Bride - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Museum for Art and History". Rijksmuseum.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
^ Bull, Duncan, et al., Rembrandt-Caravaggio, p.131. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2006.
^ Bull, p. 131.
^ Bull, p. 132.
^ White, Christoper, Rembrandt, p. 202. London, 1984.

External links
The Jewish Bride at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

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