bust of a male figure, leaning slightly forward, with a large nose and heavily shaded brow; tall, furry hat; light shading on shoulder

Head of an Old Man in High Fur Cap: Bust, c. 1629

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With well-placed scratches, Rembrandt conjured the illusion of fur in the space of a thimble. He loved using headgear to confer identity on his subjects, like this ruddy fellow leaning in to hear some tale he promises to keep under his hat. The fur could be marten or polecat—one of the humbler native furs the Dutch wore to keep warm. In 1631, Rembrandt put a similar hat on a bystander in Simeon’s Song of Praise (Mauritshuis, The Hague). The lines etched on the shoulder were probably added by a follower.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Head of an Old Man in High Fur Cap: Bust
Artist Life
1606–1669
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.60
Provenance
[C. & J. Goodfriend, New York; sold May 7, 1988, to Andrus]; John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015. Earlier provenances have been gathered, but further research will increase our knowledge of their histories.
Catalogue Raisonne
Accepted as by Rembrandt: New Hollstein 37; Munz 35. White/Boon 299 believe it was reworked. Rejected as by Rembrandt: Björklund 52; Hind 135. Others: Gersaint 276; Bartsch 299.
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bust of a male figure, leaning slightly forward, with a large nose and heavily shaded brow; tall, furry hat; light shading on shoulder