Herman Doomer (ca. 1595–1650)

Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 616

Herman Doomer was a successful cabinetmaker who worked with the imported hardwoods fashionable in seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The exceptional care Rembrandt took with this likeness may indicate his esteem for a fellow master artisan. At roughly the same time that Rembrandt painted the portrait of Doomer and a companion piece of his wife Baertje Martens (1640; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg), the couple’s son Lambert was an apprentice in the artist’s studio.

Herman Doomer (ca. 1595–1650), Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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