Bust of a Man Weaing a High Cap by Rembrandt van Rijn

  • This exceptional and very early etching was composed by Rembrandt van Rijn
  • The subject of the impression is believed to be Rembrandt's own father
  • Created when the artist was just 24 years old, the work exhibits his unparalleled draftsmanship
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Rembrandt van Rijn
1606-1669 | Dutch

Bust of a Man Wearing a High Cap, Three-Quarters Right (The Artist's Father)

Etching and drypoint on paper
Third state of six
Signed in monogram and dated "RL 1630" (upper left)

This exceptional and very early etching was composed by one of the supreme geniuses in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn. The subject of this particular impression, which depicts a man wearing a turban, is believed to be Rembrandt's father. Created when the artist was just 24 years old, the work exhibits Rembrandt’s unparalleled ability to create an expressive portrait with a simple etching needle and a copper plate. Other examples of this etching can be found in the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Morgan Library and Museum (New York) and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among others. 

The son of a miller, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is believed to have been born in Leiden on July 15, 1606. He studied first at the Latin School, and then was enrolled at the University of Leiden at the age of 14. He soon left to study art — first with a local master, Jacob van Swanenburch, and then, in Amsterdam, with Pieter Lastman, known for his historical paintings. Rembrandt was an exceptionally gifted student and mastered his art in a mere six months. By 22 years old, he returned to Leiden and was soon so highly regarded that he was able to take students of his own.

Though known today primarily for his paintings, Rembrandt’s fame was spread outside of the Netherlands by his etchings. He made hundreds of etchings for most of his career, from 1626 to 1660, when he was forced to sell his presses. He did etchings of several subjects, including self-portraits, biblical subjects, saints and allegories, and his work was avidly admired and collected, even during his lifetime. These small works of art are still counted among the most beautifully executed in the whole of art history.

Dated 1630

Paper: 4 3/8" high x 3 5/8" wide
Frame: 16 1/4" high x 13 1/4" wide

References:
Bartsch 321
White/Boon 321
The New Hollstein Dutch 57
Nowell-Ustcike R
Bust of a Man Weaing a High Cap by Rembrandt van Rijn
Maker: Rembrandt
Period: Pre-18th Century
Origin: Netherlands
Type: Other Fine Art
Depth: 1.13 Inches
Width: 13.25 Inches
Height: 16.25 Inches
Style: Old Masters
Canvas Width: 3.625 Inches
Canvas Height: 4.375 Inches
Bust of a Man Weaing a High Cap by Rembrandt van Rijn
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