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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Doubting Thomas

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Doubting Thomas

oil on panel (53 × 51 cm) — 1634 Museum Pushkin Museum, Moscow

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to John 20:27

Rembrandt depicts the well-known scene somewhat theatrical. By showing his wounds, Jesus takes away Thomas's incredulity.

Contrary to most other depictions, Thomas does not stick his hand into the wound. His doubts vanish when he sees the wound, just as John describes it in his gospel.

John himself is seen on the right. He appears to be sleeping, but that should be regarded as having deep inner thoughts.

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Title: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Doubting Thomas
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First published: 27 September 2005
Last modified: 5 February 2012