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ID number:  BIRBI-36.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  studio of Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669); probably van Hoogstraten, Samuel (1627-1678)
Title / Object name:  Study of a Nude Youth
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Amsterdam
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1646
Materials:  Pen and ink with brown wash
Measurements:  Sheet 274 x 160 mm; mount 629 x 518 mm
Provenance:  Nieuwenhuys collection; J.P. Heseltine collection; Henry Oppenheimer collection; purchased at the Oppenheimer Sale, Christie's, 10th July 1936, lot no. 298.

Rembrandt and his pupils are known to have made life drawings of naked male models in about 1646. The model here was possibly his young student Willem Drost. He appears in a number of studio drawings by various hands, in which he is seen from slightly different angles. This example may be by Samuel van Hoogstraten, who would later complain about the ungainly postures of Rembrandt’s life models: ‘I regret that we in our youth were given such meagre instruction therein; for there is no more work in copying a graceful pose than an unpleasant and disgusting one’.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed l.l. 'Rembrandt' in a later hand.

Notes:  This and a number of other ink and wash drawings of nude youths once attributed to Rembrandt can be related to three etchings by him of c. 1646 (Hind nos. 220-2). The present drawing is very close in style to five others (Louvre and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and private collections). These may be by Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-78).

Exhibited: 'The Barber Goes North', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK, 15 October 2010 - 15 December 2010

2 Related People

Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn
van Hoogstraten, Samuel
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