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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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This particular pen drawing was completed by Rembrandt in around 1629 and now resides in the collection of the Albertina in Vienna, Austria. They host an impressive selection of drawings and prints from the old masters within their overall display.

You will be able to see several different techniques used within this artwork, where Rembrandt varied the intensity and direction of his tool strokes. He produced several different interpretations of this content during his career, with another being an etching which was printed many times. The version in front of us here captures an honest scene where Peter and John are standing beside a cripple in front of the gate of the temple. This was an artist who gained more inspiration from religious scripture than from anywhere else, though this was much the case for most famous artists during this period. The men look tired and wear thick, warm clothes which hard wearing rather than fashionable. This look over this helpless man and consider what they can do to help.

Such was the artist's appreciation for this drawing, he would actually turn it into an etching for printing purposes several decades later. In a religious society such as that, one can imagine this proving popular with the masses, who were now finally able to be able to afford something from this artist's career. He also was best known as an etcher during his own lifetime, because of the way in which the prints could be sold on to a wide audience, even though today he is much more famous as a highly skilled oil painter. The setting of this famous scene is Jerusalem, where the cripple asks for alms. He is then cured of his problems and follows them into the temple, dancing and jumping as he goes. This type of miraculous occurrence is entirely typical of stories from the Bible and have provided inspiration to many artists, dating back centuries.

The Albertina hosts 60,000 works by 5,000 artists within its collection, though clearly these are not all going to be on display at the same time. They have also recently opened a new building which focuses more on the modern elements of their collection. This institution has a particularly formidable number of drawings from the old masters, as many as pretty much anyone else in the world and some of the highlights to be found here include a Study for the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci from around 1495, the well known Young Hare by Albrecht Dürer and also The Painter and The Buyer by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.