Rembrandt Drawing

The Negress Lying Down

The 'Negress Lying Down' is a print of 1658, so-called in the 18th century by the first cataloguer of Rembrandt's work. It portrays the back of a nude lying in a darkened room rather than a black model as implied by the title.

The work is the third and final state of the image that Rembrandt produced and therefore the most fully worked version. Small scale and with a dense and richly worked surface, experts describe the print as a fine example. Significantly the image was never reprinted after the artist's death so the etching is one of a handful known.