The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) produced a prodigious number of drawings,
some of which were executed as exploratory exercises in preparation for etchings
and paintings. These drawings are extraordinary for capturing complex ideas
with the utmost sureness and simplicity. An outstanding example of these drawings
is the series devoted to Tobit and Tobias. Rembrandt was intrigued with this
story and returned to it in drawings, etchings, and paintings. It is presumed
that he became acquainted with Tobit and Tobias—together with a considerable
knowledge of other Jewish lore—through his friendship with members of
the Jewish community in Leiden and in Amsterdam.
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