Young Girl in a Gold-Trimmed Cloak


The Leiden Collection

The Leiden Collection
New York, United States

The winsome young girl portrayed here, with frizzy blond hair and distinctive features, looks at the viewer with a somewhat undefined expression, as though turning over a thought before speaking. This image was not a commissioned portrait, but an imaginative character study, or tronie, based on a model who posed for Rembrandt a number of other times in the early 1630s, shortly after the artist had settled in Amsterdam. He depicted the play of light and shadow across the girl’s ivory-like skin and pleated white blouse, further enlivening the figure by portraying one pearl earring in light and the other in shadow.

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