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Rembrandt or studio of Rembrandt

Portrait of a woman seated, ca. 1632
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, inv./cat.nr. 409
Bredius 1935, no. 332
<a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a> or studio of <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a>
Illustration number 0000370387
Dimensions: 365x488 pixels
License undetermined
<a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a> or studio of <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a>
Illustration number 0000117740
Dimensions: 1833x2468 pixels
License undetermined
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Object information
Object category
painting
Physical connection
Reference in ‘composite artworks’: artworks that are/were connected, such as alterpieces, decorative pieces incorporated in panelling, and works of art that were intended to be displayed together, such as pendants and series.

pendant

Support/medium
panel (nut), oil paint
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (portrait format) 90 x 67,5 cm
Current attribution
Rembrandt
or studio of Rembrandt
In art-historical literature, the painting is mostly attributed to Rembrandt, except by Tümpel 1986, no. 233, and the Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-, vol. 2 (1986), no. C 80. They provide the following explanation: "Though it was already looked on in the 18th century, together with the companion-piece, as a work by Rembrandt, and has always been accepted as such in the modern literature, this female portrait cannot, because of the differing rendering of form and execution, be regarded as his work. It was certainly intended as a pendant to [record 232222], as is evident from the use of the same, unusual type of wood - walnut - and from the poses of the sitters which are complementary to each other. To judge from the handling of paint it was executed, probably in Rembrandt's workshop, by an assistant who had already been trained elsewhere" (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 2 (1986), no. C 80).
Date
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c. 1632 (1631 - 1633)
The authors of the Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings date the work to 1632/33, as they believe it has been painted by an assistant of Rembrandt later than its companion-piece, which they date around 1631/32.
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Creation date: 2013-01-21; Last modified date: 2021-12-09

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