Rembrandt: 100 Guilder Print

Jesus Healing the Sick 100 Guilder Print

Most commonly known as the “100 Guilder Print” (c. 1649) and arguably one of Rembrandt’s most notable etchings, it is also referred to as “Jesus Healing the Sick” or “Christ Preaching” and occasionally “Jesus Calling the Little Children” (even though most in the print are not children). “100 guilder” is a reference to the story that Rembrandt paid 100 guilders, a large sum of money at that time, to buy back one of his own prints. According to a 2001 article in Forbes magazine, Rembrandt paid 9,000 guilders for his house in 1639.

The large (27.8cm x 38.8cm) and powerful image is an amalgamation of various stories from the Book of Matthew where we see Jesus addressing the Pharisees, healing the sick and caring for the poor, all with Peter closely observing.

Over 100 years after it was created, Irish art collector Captain William Baillie purchased and reworked the plate and sold several reworked images.  Baillie eventually cut the plate into four separate pieces in 1776 and sold the image in quarters, thus making original images from the plate as worked by Rembrandt substantial more valuable.