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A man twists his head to the right and looks at us over his shoulder. He is strikingly dressed in a feathered beret and a cloak with gold embroidery. The light is falling brightly on his face and casting a beautiful sheen on his metal gorget.

The painting is not a portrait, but a ‘tronie’, or character sketch. In this case, it is of a soldier, who is dressed in an old-fashioned style. Rembrandt did not sign the painting RHL (Rembrandt Harmenszoon Leydensis), as he had done for a long time before that, but with his first name alone.

Details

  • Title: Tronie' of a Man with a Feathered Beret
  • Creator: Rijn, Rembrandt van
  • Date Created: c. 1635 -1640
  • Physical Dimensions: h62.5 cm x w47 cm
  • Provenance: Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752; the entire collection sold to William V in 1768; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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