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The Angel appearing to the Shepherds: 23.K.5-63

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Current Location: In storage


The Angel appearing to the Shepherds


Printmaker: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn




An angel with arm raised stands in light-filled cloud with cherubim circling above at upper right; three shepherds in the landscape below; one on his knees to the left and another running towards the right. Panicked cattle run away towards the left where a boy stands. Trees and palms on a hillside in the background.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Production date: AD 1634 : signed and dated from II/III


III/III. Counterproof.

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Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Image Height 262 mm Width 221 mm
Sheet Height 262 mm Width 221 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rembrandt. f
  • Location: Image lower left
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1634
  • Location: Image lower left, after signature
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Date

Identification numbers

Accession number: 23.K.5-63
Primary reference Number: 79504
Hollstein (Dutch/Flemish): B44 III/III
Biörklund/Barnard: BB34-I III/III
Old location number: 38.12.7b
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 July 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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