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The Little Jewish Bride (Saskia As St. Catherine), 1638

Rembrandt van Rijn

Dutch, 1606-1669
Etching, Only state
plate: 4-3/8 x 3-3/16 in. (11.1 x 8.1 cm); sheet: 4-7/8 x 3-5/8 in. (12.4 x 9.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

Not on view

Rembrandt depicted Saskia van Uylenburgh, his first wife, in various roles, including a well-dressed lady, a classical goddess and a protagonist
from the Bible. Here, Saskia assumes the role of the so-called Little Jewish Bride, displaying a grand and stately reserve. The title of the etching
derives from the belief, expressed by early writers, that she was the daughter of Ephraim Bueno (1599–1665), a Portuguese physician and man of letters, whose portrait Rembrandt etched in 1647. However, the wooden wheel behind her, an instrument of torture, is an attribute of St. Catherine of Alexandria, an early Christian martyr.

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