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ID number:  BIRBI-41.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Follower of Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669)
Title / Object name:  An old warrior
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  between 1650/60
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  77.2 x 67.5 cm unframed; 100.5 x 91.5 x 9.5 cm framed
Provenance:  Christie's, 3 May 1929 (lot 59), purchased by Saville Gallery for £16,380; purchased from T. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., in 1941 for £14,000.

This painting was purchased as by Rembrandt at a time when the role of his studio was little understood. The confusion was reinforced by a false signature and date, since removed. The painting certainly reflects Rembrandt’s style of the 1650s with its rich palette and bold brushwork and his interest in the physiognomy of old men. However, it lacks the emotional intensity of the master’s authentic work and it is now thought to be by one of his many talented pupils.

Inscriptions / Translations:  A false signature, 'Rembrandt f. 1651', was removed in 1967.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Exhibition of Dutch Paintings of the 17th Century', Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1945, no. 25 (as by Rembrandt); 'Rembrandt's Light', Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 4 October 2019 - 2 February 2020.

1 Related People

Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn

1 Related Publications

Apollo Annual
Sewter, A. C.
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