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oil on canvas
108.9 × 92.7 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1951
Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

After Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam in late 1631, portraits, both of individuals and of groups, became his financial mainstay. Portraiture represents almost two-thirds of his entire oeuvre. The sitter’s right hand is cropped, a detail that has given rise to speculation that the canvas has been cut. Technical evidence, however, indicates that this has not been the case and that the composition is exactly as Rembrandt intended it to be. This painting is an outstanding example of Rembrandt’s late style and is the second last portrait he made, only two years before his death.

Frame: Reproduction, 1997, based on a Dutch frame from 1665