Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘LIEVEN WILLEMSZ. VAN COPPENOL’, ca. 1658, Stanza Del Borgo

Very fine impression of the third state of six, with the addiction of fine shading on Coppenol face and on the head and neck of the boy; the dark areas, well preserved, printed strongly and evenly; rich burr on the drypoint touches. In fine condition, complete of the blank space under the composition, with small, even margins.
Nowell Usticke, in his survey about the rarity of Rembrandt etchings, considers this print, in the third state, of extreme rarity (RRR) and estimates between 30 and 50 the existing specimens. For the earliest impressions of this state Nowell Usticke remarks the richness of burr in the touches of drypoint, as is the case of our impression.
A print of the utmost rarity, of great interest for its quality and condition
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston owns a fine impression of this print in the third state, which comes from the Harvey D. Parker collection. Clifford S. Ackley, the main author and editor of the exhibition catalogue ‘Rembrandt’s Journey’ (Boston, 2003) believes that the states after the third are not by the hand of Rembrandt (cfr. n. 210, pag. 301).
The ‘Small Coppenol’ is missing in many public and private collections. This print can only be appreciated in fine impressions.

Bartsch 282; Hind 269; White-Boon 282 III/VI; Nowell-Usticke 282 III/VI

Collection Naudet (Lugt 1938); John Heywood Hawkins, 1800 c. – 1860, (Lugt 1471-72) his sale collection to Sotheby’s, London, Aprile 29th,1850, lot. no. 1007; Blanchard Randall (Lugt 407); Nowell-Usticke sale, Sotheby’s New York, October 31th –November 1th, 1967, lot. No. 185; Dr. Friedrich Lieberg (Lugt 1681 ter); Galerie Kornfeld, Berna, sale June 21st 1979, lot. No. 106; Richard Harris, see C.G. Boerner The Richard Harris Collection, 2003, no. 23.

About Rembrandt van Rijn

A prolific painter, draftsman, and etcher, Rembrandt van Rijn is considered the greatest artist of Holland's Golden Age. He worked from direct observation, and despite the evolution of his style over the course of his career, Rembrandt’s compelling descriptions of light, space, atmosphere, modeling, texture, and human affect are the result of intense perceptual study. A prominent portraitist, Rembrandt is most famous for The Night Watch (1642), a monumental painting of militia guards that features Rembrandt’s distinctive use of chiaroscuro.

Dutch, 1606-1669, Leiden, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam and Leiden, Holland