Rembrandt or studio of Rembrandt

Jupiter and Mercury visiting Philemon and Baucis (Ovid, Metamorphoses 8, 630ff), ca. 1658
Washington (D.C.), , inv./ 1942.9.65
Object information
Object category
panel, oil paint
At some point the painting has been transferred and is now on a cradled, horizontally grained wood panel with a layer of gauze between the panel and paint layer.
rectangle (landscape format) 54,5 x 68,5 cm
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • with signature and date lower left: Rembrandt f. 1658
    Given the condition of the fragile dark sections in the painting it may be concluded that the signature in its present state is unreliable (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 5 (2010), no. 27).
Current attribution
or studio of Rembrandt
The present painting was always viewed as an autograph Rembrandt, until doubted by Tümpel in 1986. He argued that the painting deviated from Rembrandt's work on stylistic grounds and considered it to be from his workshop (Tümpel 1986, no. A26). According to the members of the Rembrandt Research Project its poor condition makes it difficult to ascertain whether it is by Rembrandt, or by one of his pupils or assistants. They attribute the present painting to Rembrandt or to one of his pupils (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 5 (2010), no. V27). In the online catalogue of the National Gallery of Washington Arthur Wheelock lists the paintings as an autograph Rembrandt (NGA online editions, accessed 2017-10-05).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
c. 1658 (1657 - 1659)
Exhibitions and literature
Entered on: 2003-02-18; Last modification: 2017-10-05


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