Rembrandt’s Christ Presented to The People on tour prior to July auction


Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn’s (1606-1669), Christ Presented to The People (‘Ecce Homo’), to be auctioned July 5 at Christie’s London. Image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2018

LONDON – Christ Presented to The People (‘Ecce Homo’) is considered to be among Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn’s (1606-1669) most significant achievements in any medium (estimate on request: in the region of $3-5million). From the collection of the late Samuel Josefowitz, it will be on public view at Christie’s New York until May 5, followed by two other stops before its July 5 auction at Christie’s London.

One of the world’s most versatile, innovative, and influential artists, Rembrandt is viewed by many as the greatest printmaker of any generation. Epitomizing an artist at the height of his powers, both artistically and technically, his extraordinary drypoint of 1655, Ecce Homo dates from his third decade as a printmaker. Executed on a monumental scale, the present work is one of only eight known impressions of the celebrated first state of this print and is the last known example in private hands. The other seven known impressions of this state are in major museum collections: Kupferstichkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Ashmolean Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée du Louvre (Rothschild Collection) and the Graphische Sammlung Albertina.

After its public exhibition at Christie’s New York has concluded on May 5, it will travel to Hong Kong, for a May 24-28 exhibition, then to London for its pre-sale exhibition June 15-28 and June 30 to July 5. It will be auctioned during Christie’s Classic Week in London, in the company’s July 5 Old Masters Evening Sale.

Jussi Pylkkanen, Christie’s Global President, stated: “Sam Josefowitz was amongst the greatest Old Master print collectors of his generation. Sixty years of connoisseurship and enthusiasm for Rembrandt led him to create an outstanding Rembrandt collection and the eventual acquisition of this masterpiece, which is the last known example of the drypoint in private hands. This impression is a celebration of the skills of Rembrandt, the master printmaker, and Sam Josefowitz, the most scholarly and respected of collectors.”

Visit Christie’s online for additional information.

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