Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan

c. 1656-1661

Rembrandt van Rijn

(Dutch, 1606-1669)

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash

Support: Light brown Japanese paper laid down on beige(1) laid paper

Sheet: 22.5 x 17.1 cm (8 7/8 x 6 3/4 in.); Secondary Support: 27.6 x 22.4 cm (10 7/8 x 8 13/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1978.38

Fun Fact

This is one of 23 drawings that the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn made after Indian miniatures, which he probably studied from an album of Indian paintings in Holland.


Rembrandt drew a number of copies after Indian miniature paintings, and he based this sheet on a contemporary work of the Mughal school showing the emperor Shah Jahan (ruled 1628-58). The technique of this work is especially interesting because the artist used a Japanese paper, whose surface absorbs the ink in a very different way from traditional Western papers.

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DR - Dutch
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