Portrait of a Man

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

Date: 1632

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: Oval, 29 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. (75.6 x 52.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Lincoln Ellsworth, in memory of Lincoln Ellsworth, 1964

Accession Number: 64.126


This portrait dating from Rembrandt's first year in Amsterdam is remarkable for its quality and condition. The subtleties of light and texture found in the rugged face and wispy hair, in the parchmentlike layers of the ruff, and even in the black costume are effects that the artist had gradually mastered in his native Leiden during the preceding few years.