Study for one of the Syndics, Volkert Jansz.

Rembrandtcirca 1662

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

This is one of three surviving preliminary studies for the famous painting 'The Syndics' in the Rijksmuseum. It shows the figure second on the left in the painting, identified as the Amsterdambased cloth merchant Volckert Jansz. Rembrandt has rendered both the figure and his surroundings in bold, wide strokes of the reed pen and brush. He has not bothered about details, for this is a mere study, not a finished drawing intended for sale.


  • Title: Study for one of the Syndics, Volkert Jansz.
  • Creator Lifespan: 1606 - 1669
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Date Created: circa 1662
  • Theme: Portrait
  • Physical Dimensions: w175 x h225 mm
  • Original Title: Studie voor een der Staalmeesters, Volkert Jansz.
  • More Info: Link - Rembrandt's 'Staalmeesters' at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • Draughtsman: Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Artist Information: Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden. After his apprenticeship, during which he studied with various painters including Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, he started a studio in Leiden. He became successful with paintings of biblical scenes and famous for the great attention he paid to the incidence of light. From 1632, Rembrandt worked in Amsterdam, where he made a name as portrait painter for the well-to-do middle classes. In 1634 he married Saskia van Uylenburgh, and they had a son, Titus, together. Rembrandt painted various portraits of both Saskia and Titus. After 1642, the year in which Saskia died and in which he painted the famous Nachtwacht, business declined. In 1656, he was declared bankrupt. In these years, Rembrandt's subjects became more reticent and less baroque. Rembrandt had a very high production. Some 650 paintings from his hand are known, including 60 self-portraits, around 300 etchings and 1500 to 2000 drawings.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Lent by Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (Koenigs Collection), http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Reed pen and brush in brown ink, brown wash, corrected and heightened with white, on cashbook paper

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