Rembrandt van Rijn

Portrait of an Elderly Man

1118 voorzijde
1118 detail signatuur en datering
1118 achterzijde
1118 ingelijst
1118 voorzijde
1118 voorzijde

Rembrandt van Rijn
Portrait of an Elderly Man

1667 On view in Room 10

This man looks at ease: his jacket open, his collar loosened and his hat tilted back. His pose is unusual, as people normally looked their best when sitting for a portrait. This man may have been an acquaintance of Rembrandt, and the portrait was probably not a formal commission.

The portrait is very virtuoso, and Rembrandt knew exactly what he was doing. In some places he used his palette knife, and elsewhere he scratched in the wet paint with the handle of his brush. This is how he suggested the springy grey hairs under the edge of the hat.

Technical details
1118 voorzijde

Rembrandt van Rijn
Portrait of an Elderly Man

1667 On view in Room 10

Purchased with the support of the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Mondriaan Fund and the Nationaal Aankoopfonds of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Fund for National Cultural Heritage, the VriendenLoterij, Fonds 1818, the Rembrandt Association, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, ING Group, Professor A.C.M. Dreesmann, the Dr. Hendrik Muller National Fund and private individuals, 1999
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Details

General information
Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Portrait of an Elderly Man
1667
painting
1118
Room 10
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
67.7 x 81.9 cm
Inscriptions
links van het midden: Rembrandt / f. 1667

Provenance

Sampson Gideon, Erith, Kent, 1761; thence by descent to Sir Francis Edward Fremantle, until c.1885; Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, 1919; bought by Lord Cowdray; The Trustees of the Cowdray Estate, 1999; Purchased with the support of the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the Mondriaan Fund and the Nationaal Aankoopfonds of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Fund for National Cultural Heritage, the VriendenLoterij, Fonds 1818, the Rembrandt Association, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, ING Group, Professor A.C.M. Dreesmann, the Dr. Hendrik Muller National Fund and private individuals, 1999