Partial Show Extension: Works on loan from the Lugt Collection will remain on view in the Lower-Level Exhibition Galleries through May 22. See a Virtual Tour of the paintings in the Oval Room.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) Interior with Saskia in Bed
Pen and brown ink with brown and gray wash and some
additions in red and black chalk
This painterly drawing is thought to represent a room in Rembrandt's home with his ailing wife in bed and a maid sewing beside her. Rembrandt laid out the scene with his characteristically rapid penwork, then applied unusually extensive amounts of brown and gray wash to color the composition. The dry application of ink on the bed leaves bits of the paper exposed, creating the illusion of light dappling across the surfaces of the furniture.