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Arent de Gelder, Simeon's Song of Praise, c. 1700

Around 1662, Arent de Gelder was the last pupil of Rembrandt, who taught him to paint with broad brushstrokes, dark colours and strong lighting accents. De Gelder continued to work in this style, even when a finer touch and lighter colours became fashionable.

De Gelder had a preference for biblical scenes, such as the story of the old man Simeon, who bursts into a song of praise when he recognises the little Jesus as his Messiah. The child in his arms appears to be the source of the divine light.

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