Masterpieces of the Golden Age

Rembrandt's Christ healing the sick

Masterpiece

Artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Title Christ healing the sick, known as the The hundred guilders print
Year ±1643
Technique Etch
Current location unknown

Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, better known by his first name Rembrandt, is the most famous of the Dutch Golden Age painters, and one of the greatest artists of all time. His best known works are his portraits (including many self portraits) and his group portraits. He also created beautiful etchings, often of biblical subjects.

Christ Healing the Sick

Christ healing the sick, known as the 'The Hundred Guilders Print'

Christ healing the sick, also known as The hundred guilders print, is one of Rembrandt's better-known etchings. Its nickname refers to the price originally paid for it, an enormous amount of money at the time.

Christ healing the sick, detail
Christ healing the sick, detail

The drawing represents the text from Matthew 19, where Christ heals the sick and blesses the children:

1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
Christ healing the sick, detail
Christ healing the sick, detail
2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
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13Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
15And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.