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Bust of a Man Wearing a High Cap; Three-Quarters Right (B.321)

Bust of a Man Wearing a High Cap

  • Etching on Ingres d’Arches off-white laid paper (watermark) with large magins. Signed with the initials (RHL) and dated in the plate (upper left). The second state according to Bjorklund, the sixth state according to Nowell-Eusticke. A 20th century impression printed by Marjorie Van Dyke. From the ‘Millennium’ edition limited to 2500 examples.
  • Art historians believe that this etching depicts Rembrandt’s father, although no conclusive evidence exists that supports this belief. Rembrandt’s father Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn was a miller who owned a half-interest in a windmill called “De Rijn.” In this delicate and facile portrait, Rembrandt depicts a man with a resolute jaw, earnest eyes, and a focused and intent expression, all qualities one could easily associate with the wisdom and fortitude of one’s father. The exotic, oriental and ornate dress of the sitter in turban and coat, may suggest Rembrandt’s desire to portray his father as a man of importance. His father died the same year this etching was completed.

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