Rembrandt was one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of art. His drawings were as creative as it was amazing his paintings.
About 1400 recognized to him drawings survive, and probably at least an equivalent number have been lost. Rembrandt made comparatively a small number of studies for his paintings and even fewer highly finished drawings - gifts for friends and followers. Usually his drawings were unrelated to his major works.
By any count his productivity as a draftsman was phenomenal. He must have made drawings as willingly as he breathed.
The selection in this book gives us a good idea of Rembrandt's range, depth and drawings techniques. It includes self-portraits, portraits; sketches, women talking, studies of Jewish types and Orientals, nudes, birds, animals and wild beasts, studies of the landscapes and, of course - drawings of episodes from the Bible.