studio of Rembrandt or circle of Rembrandt

Bust of an old woman, ca. 1628
New York City, private collection The Leiden [..]
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Object information
Object category
panel (oak), oil paint
baltic oak
The panel for this painting derived from the same tree as the one used for the Self Portrait with gorget and beret of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (RKD Images no. 30168) (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 4 (2005), p. 653).
The painting was made on top of another painting, depicting a man with a broad hat and a staff (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1989), no. C 42; online collection catalogue, accessed 2017-04-17).
rectangle (portrait format) 35,5 x 29,1 cm
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Current attribution
studio of Rembrandt
or circle of Rembrandt
Rejected attribution
This painting was always regarded as an authentic Rembrandt, until doubted in 1982 by the RRP. They stated that this painting is an imitation, based on an etching which was formerly attributed to Rembrandt (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1982), no. C 42). In 2001 Van de Wetering attributed the painting to an anonymous follower of Rembrandt, who also painted 'Travellers resting' in the Mauritshuis, The Hague (RKD Images no. 2930) and 'A Man seated reading at a Table in a Lofty Room' in The National Gallery, London (RKD Images no. 208189) (Wetering e.a 2001, p. 78-79, no. 64). In 2016 Schnackenburg proposed an attribution to Jan Lievens (Schnackenburg 2016, no. 71). Bijl tentatively attributed it to Dirck Lievens in 2017 (Dickey 2017, p. 173, no. 7.4). The Leiden Collection lists this painting as studio of Rembrandt (online collection catalogue, accessed 2017-04-17).
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. 1628 (1627 - 1629)
According to the RRP this painting was made in the second half of the 17th century at the earliest (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1982), no. C 42). Since 2001 this painting has generally been dated around 1628 (Wetering e.a 2001, 64; Vogelaar/Korevaar/Janssen 2005, no. 8; online collection catalogue, accessed 2017-04-17).
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Entered on: 2013-03-04; Last modification: 2019-05-28


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