studio of Rembrandt and Rembrandt or circle of Rembrandt

Christ and the woman of Samaria at the well, jaren 1650
New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [..]
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Object information
Object category
panel, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 63,5 x 48,9 cm
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Current attribution
studio of Rembrandt
and Rembrandt
or circle of Rembrandt
This painting was always regarded as an autograph Rembrandt, until doubted by Sumowski in 1957. He considered it to be a studio work (Sumowski 1957-1958, p. 231). This attribution was followed by others, though not generally accepted. Some art historians remained convinced of Rembrandt's authorship (see for instance: Bauch 1966, no. 87; Gerson 1968, no. 273). In 1986 Tümpel listed this painting as a work from Rembrandt's circle (Tümpel 1986, no. A 13). Liedtke added to this attribution the possibility of Constantijn van Renesse being the creator of this painting (Von Sonnenburg/Liedtke 1995, vol. 2, no. 14). That same year Von Sonnenburg argued in favour of an attribution to Rembrandt (Von Sonnenburg/Liedtke 1995, vol. 1, no. 14). In 1992 Slatkes proposed that this painting was largely done by a student of Rembrandt and retouched by Rembrandt himself (Slatkes 1992, no. 65). Slatkes opinion was echoed by various other art historians and has been generally accepted since the 21th century (see for instance: Kelch/Van de Wetering 2006, no. 60; Liedtke 2007, vol. 2, no. 168; Liedtke 2009A, p. 47; Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 5 (2011), no. V 24).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
1650s (1650 - 1660)
This painting is generally dated in the 1650s (see for instance: Slatkes 1992, no. 65; Liedtke 2007, vol. 2, no. 168).
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Entered on: 2002-11-29; Last modification: 2018-06-14


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