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Sketch for The Knight with the Falcon, known as "The Crusader"

Rembrandt1659-1661

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
Copenhagen, Denmark

In 1911 the Rembrandt connoisseur and then director of Statens Museum for Kunst, Karl Madsen, found The Crusader in a remote corner of Fredensborg Castle where it had been placed in temporary storage. Despite Karl Madsen's evident enthusiasm for the painting, its status was soon called into question, and in 1969 it was rejected as a Rembrandt. The most recent studies now tell us that the painting is a sketch for The Knight with the Falcon (Göteborgs Konstmuseum). X-rays support this assumption by demonstrating that the underlying layers of paint are built up in a manner typical of Rembrandt. The piece presumably depicts the Dutch Saint Bavo, and the painting has the convincing oscillation between the precise and the spontaneous that is so typical of Rembrandt. At the same time it exemplifies the pastose manner of painting characteristic of the artist's late work. There are, however, some signs to suggest that parts of the painting were done by one of Rembrandt's students, a common practice at the master's workshop.

Details

  • Title: Sketch for The Knight with the Falcon, known as "The Crusader"
  • Creator: Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Date Created: 1659-1661
  • Værktekst: Den forhenværende direktør og Rembrandt-connoisseur på Statens Museum for Kunst Karl Madsen fandt Korsridderen i 1911 i en afsides krog på Fredensborg Slot, hvor det var midlertidigt deponeret. Trods Karl Madsens begejstring, blev der hurtigt sået tvivl om maleriets status, før det i 1969 blev fraskrevet Rembrandt. Den seneste forskning viser nu, at der er tale om en skitse til Ridderen med Falken (Göteborgs Konstmuseum). Røngtenoptagelser understøtter denne antagelse, idet de viser, at maleriets underliggende malelag er bygget op på en måde, der er typisk for Rembrandt. Motivet forestiller formentlig den hollandske helgen Skt. Bavo, og maleriet indeholder den overbevisende vekselvirkning mellem det præcise og det spontane, der er typisk for Rembrandt. Samtidig viser det den pastose malemåde, som er karakteristisk for kunstnerens sene arbejde. Der er i midlertidigt tegn på, at dele af maleriet er udført af en af Rembrandts elever, hvilket var gængs praksis i mesterens værksted.
  • Teknik: Olie på lærred
  • Proveniens: Modtaget fra Frederiksborg 1890
  • Provenance: Acquired 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: w55.5 x h68.5 cm (Without frame)
  • Dansk link: http://www.smk.dk/index.php?id=2912
  • Dansk Titel: Skitse til Ridderen med falken, kendt som "Korsridderen"
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Statens Museum for Kunst, http://www.smk.dk/en/copyright/creative-commons/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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