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Head of an Old Man
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Head of an Old Man


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Description This broadly brushed study was made in Rembrandt's workshop in the late 1630s by a student. There are other studies of this man's head from different directions. Rembrandt operated a school within his workshop, and many young men studied with him to learn his expressive style. They set up their easels in a circle around the model-perhaps a poor man from the neighborhood who had an interesting face. Rembrandt was one of the first to see the faces of the elderly, reflecting a lifetime of experience, as wonderful subjects. With loose brush strokes and selective highlighting, the painter explores the sitter's lined, weathered face.
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Date Description Narrative
12/02/1975Examinationother
12/03/1975Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1635-1640 (Baroque)
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.298
Measurements
8 1/8 x 6 15/16 in. (20.6 x 17.7 cm)
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