follower of Rembrandt

Raising of the cross, 1645?
The Hague, Museum Bredius, inv./ 95.1946
Object information
Object category
panel, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 39 x 30 cm
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • label verso
    label from the 1921 exhibition
  • label verso: W. Ellis Esq. / June 14/71/83
    small piece of cloth with ink
  • label verso: London [...]ighton / South Coast P[...]
    fragment of a printed label
  • inscription verso: F.D.
    black ink or paint
Current attribution
follower of Rembrandt
Rejected attribution
The work was regarded as an autograph Rembrandt during the first half of the nineteenth century (Smith 1829-1842, vol. 7 (1836), no. 92; sale catalog 1834). Abraham Bredius bought the painting in 1921 because he was highly struck by its beauty and without doubts that it was a genuine Rembrandt. Bauch expressed doubts about the work being autograph, and Gerson named it a ‘crude imitation, vaguely based on Rembrandt’ (Bauch 1966, no. 75; Bredius/Gerson 1969, no. 564). The work is not included in the Corpus, and currently considered to be an imitation in the style of Rembrandt by Museum Bredius (Blankert/Barnouw-de Ranitz/Stal 1991, no. 136).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
1645? (1633 - 1645)
Smith regarded the work as a study for the Raising of the cross in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, dated 1633 (Smith 1829-1842, vol. 7 (1836), no. 92). Bredius dated the work to c. 1640, and regarded it as a new, improved version of the Munich work rather than a study. Bauch dated the work to c. 1645 (1966, no. 75). Currently the work is considered to be an imitation in the style of Rembrandt of 1645? (Blankert/Barnouw-de Ranitz/Stal 1991, no. 136; online catalog Museum Bredius).
Exhibitions and literature
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Technical documentation
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Entered on: 1996-09-03; Last modification: 2018-12-11


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