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A Bearded Man in a Cap
Rembrandt

This is one of a group of studies from life made by Rembrandt in the late 1650s. The last digit of the date is almost illegible, but may be a '7'. The painting falls into the category of 'tronies' (literally, heads). Although the artist most certainly used a model, the identity of the sitter is irrelevant. These works were intended as character studies, or as representations of a person in a particular role. In the 17th century, collectors appreciated them for the portrayal of particular facial expressions and for the illusionistic rendering of different surface textures.

Key facts
Artist Rembrandt
Artist dates 1606 - 1669
Full title A Bearded Man in a Cap
Date made late 1650s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 78 x 66.7 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, 1844
Inventory number NG190
Location in Gallery Room 22
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