Rembrandt or studio of Rembrandt

Reading monk, gedateerd 166[1?]
Helsinki, Sinebrychoff Art Museum Finnish [..]
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Object information
Object category
canvas, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 81 x 65 cm
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • signed and remnants of date : Rembrandt. f. [1661.]
    The date is not completely discernible anymore. The date has been cited as 1661 since 1901 (Bode/Hofstede de Groot 1897-1905, vol. 3 (1899), no. 483). Before that time it was generally read as 1660, the date cited in the catalogue of the Comte de Vence of 1759.
Current attribution
or studio of Rembrandt
This painting has been regarded as an autograph Rembrandt for a long time (see for instance: Blankert/Blokhuis 1997, no. 20; Schwartz 1984, ill. 362; Keltanen 2013, p. 60). In 1986 Tümpel expressed his doubts about the attribution of this painting (Tümpel 1986, no. 92). In an exhibition catalogue of 2006 it is mentioned as a work by an anonymous pupil from Rembrandt's workshop (Rønberg/Pedersen/Van de Wetering 2006, p. 117). In 2011 the RRP suggested that this painting is a satellite painting to the Rijksmuseum's 'Titus as a monk' [RKD Images no. 2954] (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2011, vol. 5 (2011), p. 268, ill. 48b).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
dated 166[1?] (1661)
The last digit of the date is not legible anymore. The first three digits are clearly visible in IR photographs and have been examined by Jörgen Wadum in 2015 (information from the museum, received 2017-10-27).
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Visual documentation
Technical documentation
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Entered on: 2013-03-04; Last modification: 2018-05-02


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