Drawing a Crowd

The Art Institute’s astounding collection of prints and drawings deserves a closer look.

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7. REMBRANDT VAN RIJN
The Three Crosses (1660-61)
Rembrandt’s Crucifixion scene went through five versions. In the final, the artist covers some of the figures on the sides with an etching technique called dry point, obscuring them and creating a sense of chaos.

McCULLAGH SAYS: “There’s a lot of detail in this print. If you look at the figure on horseback in front of the cross, it’s clearly inspired by a medallion Pisanello rendered based on the horse-and-rider figure in his drawing [see number 4].”

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