Thomas de Keyser

Portrait of a Scholar

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Thomas de Keyser
Portrait of a Scholar

1631 On view in Room 9

A man in an exquisite black outfit sits in a dark room. Lying on the table is a heavy oriental carpet, with a lectern and some books resting on top. The sitter looks out at us as he browses through one of the books. This gives the impression that we are interrupting his studies and lends the portrait a certain informality.

Thomas de Keyser specialised in small portraits like this, in which the sitter is portrayed full length. His portraits were popular among the Amsterdam elite, until Rembrandt moved to the city and became the pre-eminent portrait painter.

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Thomas de Keyser
Portrait of a Scholar

1631 On view in Room 9

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General information
Thomas de Keyser (Amsterdam 1596/1597 - 1667 Amsterdam)
Portrait of a Scholar
1631
painting
77
Room 9
Material and technical details
oil
panel
61 x 82.5 cm
Inscriptions
links, op de kast: TDK ANo. 1631
TDK ineen; alleen sporen van de datering zijn zichtbaar

Origin

Pieter Leendert de Neufville, Amsterdam, 1759; Leendert Pieter de Neufville, Amsterdam, 1759-1765; Prince William V, The Hague, 1765-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822