This etching, by the Italian engraver and etcher Giuseppe [Joseph] Longhi, reproduces a work by the Dutch master of chiaroscuro, Rembrandt van Rijn. The original painting traveled to France in the 18th century and gained fast fame, which resulted in the production of this popular print. Etching, known for its ability to capture tonal softness, was an ideal medium to reproduce Rembrandt's shadowy atmosphere.
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Longhi, Giuseppe. “Le Philosophe En Contemplation (The Philosopher in Contemplation).” Etching on wove paper, 1700–1799. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/qr46r169d.
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