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Medea (The Marriage of Jason and Creusa)

One of only two prints produced by the Dutch master in the second half of the 1640s, this work depicts an unusual subject. Produced for the artist’s friend, Jan Six, it illustrates a scene from a play that Six had recently penned based on the tragic Greek heroine, Medea. In an interesting mixture of Christian and pagan marriage rites, the protagonist is seen hidden in the shadows at the lower right.

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606–1669
Medea (The Marriage of Jason and Creusa)
1648
Etching and drypoint on paper
Image: 9 ½ x 7 1/8 in. (24.1 x 18.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from the Elisabeth P. Myers Art Acquisition Fund, 96.35