Pilgrims at Emmaus

The young Rembrandt used harsh backlighting here to enhance Christ’s mysteriousness. The shadow shrouding the figure revealing himself to the pilgrims, one of whom has fallen off his chair, allows us free rein to imagine Christ’s appearance for ourselves.
Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn) (1606 – 1669)
circa 1629
Oil on paper mounted on wood – H. 39 cm; W. 42 cm – Monogrammed bottom right – Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, MJAP-P 848
© 2010 Musée Jacquemart-André / Institut de France / Scala Florence