after Rembrandt or possibly Rembrandt

Self portrait with gorget, ca. 1629
The Hague, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen [..]
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Object information
Object category
panel (oak), oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 37,9 x 28,9 cm
Before 1752 the painting must have been reduced (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982).
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
Current attribution
after Rembrandt
or possibly Rembrandt
The painting was long thought to have been by Rembrandt. This attribution was rejected in 1991 by Grimm on stylistic grounds, and the Nuremberg version came to be regarded as having been painted by Rembrandt (Grimm 1991). Grimm’s arguments are supported by the discovery of an underdrawing during an examination with IRR in 1998, which shows a working method that was not usual for Rembrandt (Londen-Den Haag 1999/2000). Most authors have since regarded the painting in the Mauritshuis as a copy after Rembrandt. However, Sluijter and Wheelock defend the option that the painting is a repetition by Rembrandt (Sluijter 2000; Wheelock (jr.) 2000-2001).
Rejected attribution
Jan Gillisz. van Vliet
The inventory drawn up by Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun of the ‘stadholder’ collection of paintings, which was confiscated in 1795 by the French, mentions Van Vliet as the painter (Boyer 1972). Van Vliet is also mentioned in Pommereul’s inventory of 1798 and in the caption of the reproduction print by Chataigner in the catalogue of Galerie du Musée Napoléon of 1804 (Broos e.a. 2004).
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. 1629 (1628 - 1630)
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Entered on: 1996-05-15; Last modification: 2018-11-26


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