Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Martha and Mary at Jesus' Feet

pen and wax on paper (17 × 21 cm) — c. 1662 Museum Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to John 11:32

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Prostrate in the foreground is Mary, next to Martha who seems to move her hands in a frenzy. Mary tells Jesus that her brother Lazarus would still be alive if Jesus had not left. The short verse 35 tells of Jesus being so touched that he weeps.

Definitely weeping is the man to the right, who dries is tears with a handkerchief.

This is one of the few drawings from Rembrandt's last period. He made it with a reed pen and brown ink and wash, and heightened parts with white gouache.

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