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Rembrandt van Rijn, 'Tronie' of a Man with a Feathered Beret, c. 1635 - 1640

A man twists his head to the right and looks at us over his shoulder. He is strikingly dressed in a feathered beret and a cloak with gold embroidery. The light is falling brightly on his face and casting a beautiful sheen on his metal gorget.

The painting is not a portrait, but a ‘tronie’, or character sketch. In this case, it is of a soldier, who is dressed in an old-fashioned style. Rembrandt did not sign the painting RHL (Rembrandt Harmenszoon Leydensis), as he had done for a long time before that, but with his first name alone.

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