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Follower of Rembrandt: 'An Old Man in an Armchair'

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.