studio of Rembrandt and possibly Rembrandt

Haman begs Esther for his life, ca. 1635 en bijna geheel overschilderd in de jaren 1660
Boekarest, Muzeul National de Arta al României, [..]
Object information
Object category
canvas, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 234,8 x 187,5 cm
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
Current attribution
studio of Rembrandt
and possibly Rembrandt
Already since the 18th century there has been a discussion about the attribution of this painting (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 3 (1989), no. B 9). It was accepted as an autograph Rembrandt by most authors in the early 19th century (see for instance: Hofstede de Groot 1907-1928, vol. 6 (1915), no. 47; Bredius 1935, no. 522). Doubts about this attribution arose after the painting was restored in 1936 (Bauch 1966, no. 40). Gerson proposed an attribution to Jan Victors and Tümpel stated that it was painted by someone from the "school of Rembrandt" (Bredius/Gerson no. 1969, no. 522; Tümpel 1969, p. 146). X-ray examination showed that underneath the painting there's another picture with more or less the same subject. This underlying painting shows similarities with Rembrandt's work from c. 1635, and thus some authors believe it could be an autograph Rembrandt. The painting was probably painted over in Rembrandt's workshop in the 1660s (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 3 (1989), no. B 9; Van Grevenstein/Groen/Van de Wetering 1991, p. 56-83).
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. 1635 and almost completely overpainted in the 1660s (1635 - 1669)
Artistically related
Artistically related to other work
Such as a preparatory studie, comparable composition, other version, or copy of the artwork in this record.
  • based on
    circle of Rembrandt
    pen drawing, 169 x 126 mm, Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet (RP-T-1889-A-2059(V)), Benesch A 63

    possibly (Bauch 1966, no. 40)

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Entered on: 2002-10-01; Last modification: 2019-06-20


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