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Rembrandt's "dirty little secrets"

Etchings by Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (1609 - 69) dubbed by some as his "dirty little secrets". Erotic or nude scenes depicted in a frank and playful manner. Rembrandt made over three hundred etchings during his career. Below are 6 of the "Dirty Little Secrets" though there are usually 20 included under this description.

A Man Making Water (1630)

The State Bed (1646) Note: The woman in the image has three arms. It is a mystery as to why?

Rembrandt was a well known perfectionist but it is unknown whether he intended the scene to be a threesome with a hidden figure of if he changed the details or simple made a mistake.

Adam and Eve (1638)

Naked Woman Seated on a Mound (ca. 1631)

Woman Sitting Half Dressed Besides a Stove (1658)

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (1634) which depicts a story from the Bible quoted below.

"And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out" - (Genesis 39 : 11–12)

Below 'Self-portrait with beret, wide-eyed' (1630)

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