Recumbent Lion, Facing Right

Reed pen and brown ink, with some areas deliberately rubbed with a finger or wet brush, on paper toned with a light brown wash; framing line in brown ink | 122.0 x 212.0mm | c. 1660

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt rendered this lion with confident strokes of the pen, without any hesitation. The animal’s head and squinting eyes seem especially effortlessly drawn. He created shadows by smudging the ink with his finger in places. It is clear that Rembra...
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