Homer, 1663 gedateerd
The Hague, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen [..]
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part of a series

Part of a series of seven paintings, which also included: by Rembrandt, Aristotle with the Bust of Homer (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Homer (Mauritshuis, The Hague), Alexander the Great (lost); and now unknown works by Guercino (The Cosmographer, 1660), Matia Preti (Dionysius of Syracuse, 1662), Salvator Rosa (The Philosopher Archita Tarantino, 1668), and Giacinto Brandi (The Philosopher or Jerome, 1670) (Giltaij 1999).
canvas, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 107 x 82 cm
A piece of the canvas was removed on all sides after the painting was damaged by fire.
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dated 1663 (1663)
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Ruffo, Antonio (1610/11-1678)
An invoice for f 18: - ; - , dated 30 July 1661, is for the canvases of Alexander and Homer. A note at the bottom of the invoice states that Homer is still to be painted by Rembrandt, which he undertakes to do for f 500. A letter dated 1 November 1662 mentions the representation of Homer. The unfinished painting was to be sent from Messina to Amsterdam, to be completed. The painting of Homer was indeed returned on 16 November 1662. Rembrandt finished the canvas in 1663, and it was returned to Messina by 20 May 1664 (Giltaij 1999).
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Entered on: 1996-05-15; Last modification: 2019-12-05


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