An elderly man is portrayed seated, wearing a fur robe, and gazing downwards in contemplation. The composition and technique are reminiscent of Venetian portraiture, particularly that of Tintoretto.

At the time of purchase in 1957, this picture was thought to be a late Rembrandt but it has now been reattributed to an unknown contemporary follower of Rembrandt, probably working in the 1650s. Several different painting styles are evident in the painting. The head and hands in particular lack Rembrandt's finesse. Such lack of coherence is not found in Rembrandt's autograph portraits of the early 1650s, which was an outstanding period for his portraiture.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1606 - 1669
Full title
An Old Man in an Armchair
Date made
1650s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
111 x 88 cm
Acquisition credit
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Estate Duty and allocated to the National Gallery, 1957
Inventory number
NG6274
Location in Gallery