Hendrickje Stoffels (1626–1663)

Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)

Date: mid-1650s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 7/8 x 27 1/8 in. (78.4 x 68.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Archer M. Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington, 1926

Accession Number: 26.101.9

Description

The sitter is probably Hendrickje Stoffels, who was the painter's companion from about 1650 until her early death in 1663. Rembrandt's responsibility for this portrait has never been doubted, although the signature and date appear to have been added by another hand. The picture may have been painted at different intervals in the years about 1655–60, and it may be unfinished in the drapery and hand. The paint surface is badly abraded, making judgments of quality and of Rembrandt's intentions difficult. It seems likely, however, that the artist had Titian in mind: for example, his famous painting (known from many copies) of the repentant Magdalen.

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