This is a tronie, a study of an old man's face, full of character. The painting was purchased at the end of the nineteenth century as a portrait of Rembrandt's father, Harmen Gerritsz van Rijn. Nowadays, there is doubt whether this really is Rembrandt's father, and the attribution to Rembrandt is also uncertain. It is possible that future research will reveal more about this. That is why, for the time being, there is a question mark behind Rembrandt's name.
Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam) (?)
'Tronie' of an Old Man
Material and technical details
46.9 x 38.8 cm
Durand-Ruel Gallery, Paris; Harrison Collection, Sutton Place, Seaford, before 1891; Anders Zorn, Paros, 1891; Abraham Bredius, The Hague, 1892-1946 (on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis since 1892); bequest of Abraham Bredius, 1946