Bust of an Old Bearded Man Looking Down, Three-quarters Right, 1631

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Rembrandt left behind scant writings about himself. His only surviving comment about his art refers to expressing "the greatest and most natural emotion." He dedicated himself endlessly to this goal, and depictions of the elderly were an important vehicle for his investigations. The effects of old age fascinated Rembrandt, and these sensitive renderings exemplify his quest to humanize his subjects. Around 1630 there was a lively market for such humble, affecting images, which could be understood immediately, without the aid of biblical or classical texts.

Details
Title
Bust of an Old Bearded Man Looking Down, Three-quarters Right
Artist Life
1606–1669
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.1,315
Provenance
L. Galichon, tan stamp verso (L. 1060); A. Firmin-Didot, black stamp verso (L. 119).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 47 ii/ii; Holl. 260 iii/iii; B. 260; Mz.41 ii/ii; B-B. 31-E iii/iii
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