Etching by Rembrandt

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Etching by Rembrandt


Making Fantasies Visible

story by Mieke Bal

This is a Rembrandt. The tiny etching, almost a miniature, has the scale and, as I will argue, details, of a private fantasy. The etching, I reckon, shows us what he imagined himself; what a young man of his – and Joseph’s – age could imagine in his mind’s eye. It is about seduction, desire, resistance, fear, and escape...

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