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Jan Cornelis Sylvius, Preacher

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Jan Cornelis Sylvius, Preacher

Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)

Date: 1646
Medium: Etching, drypoint, and burin on beige laid paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 1/8 x 7 3/16in. (20.6 x 18.3cm) octagon
Image: 7 1/2 x 6 5/16in. (19.1 x 16cm) oval
Signed: u.c.: 'Rembrandt 1646'
Markings: on sheet: verso "E O X" in pencil, l.r., "MWPI 58.64" in pencil l.r., "860" in red pencil, c. Watermark: none
Inscribed: on plate: signed Rembrandt 1646 at top of oval inscription around oval: Spes mea Christus. Iohannes Cornelij Sylvius. Amstelodamobat: functus SS. Ministi: aos 45. et 6. menses. In Frisia, in Tyemarum et Phirdgum aos 4. In Balc et Haric unicum. In. Minnertsgae aos 4. Slotis aos 2. In Hollandia, Slotis aoe 6. Amstelodami aos 28 et 6. menses, ibidemq obijt ao 1638. 19. Novembr. Natus aos 74. ["My hope is Christ. Johannes Cornelisz. Sylvius, Amsterdammer, filled the function of preaching the holy word for 45 years and 6 months. In Friesland in Tyemarum (Tzummarum) and Pherdgum (Firdgum) four years; in Balk and Haring one year; in Minnertsga four years; in Sloten, Holland, six years; in Amsterdam 28 years and 6 months. He died there on 19 November 1638, 74 years of age." Translation from Erik Hinterding, Ger Luijten, and Martin Royalton-Kisch, Rembrandt the Printmaker, London: British Museum, 2000, p. 225. Before the impression was trimmed, the following inscription would have appeared below the oval: Cuius adorandum docuit Facundia Christum, Et populis veram pandit ad astra viam. Talis erat Sylvi facies. audivimus illum Amstelijs isto civibus ore loqui. Hoc Frisijs praecepta dedit: pietasq. severo Relligioq. diu vindice tuta stetit. Praeluxit, veneranda suis virtutibus, aetas. Erudytq. ipsos fessa senecta viros. Simplicitatis amans fucum contemsit honesti, Nec sola voluit fronte placere bonis. Sic statuit: Jesum vita meliore doceri Rectius, et vocum fulmina posse minus. Amstela, sis memor extincti, qui condidit urbem Moribus, hanc ipso fulsijt ille Deo. ["His eloquence taught men to honour Christ And showed them the true way to heaven. Such was Sylvius's face, we have heard him Speak to the citizens of Amsterdam with these lips. With these lips he gave precepts to the Frisiana; piety And religion have remained long secure because he severely protected them. His age, that is to be honored for its virtues, is eminent, And in his old age he continued to instruct his fellow men. A lover of sincere simplicity, he despised false appearance Nor did he seek to please good men by mere appearances. He put it this way: Jesus could better be taught Through leading a better life than by thundering speech. O Amsterdam, remember the man now deceased who built the city with his righteousness and piled it on God himself.
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 58.64
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