A Bearded Man in a Cap

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