Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Peter and John Healing a Lame Beggar

etching (18 × 22 cm) — 1659 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Acts 3:6

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Upon entering the Temple in Jerusalem through the Beautiful Gate, a crippled beggar asks alms of Peter and John. Peter tells him to look straight at him, and then says "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!" And so it happened.

This etching, made using a dry needle, is more detailed than the version Rembrandt made some thirty years earlier. In the background all sorts of buzz around the temple can be seen.

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