Early portraits (until 1632)
by REMBRANDT

Rembrandt began to work as a professional portraitist about 1631. Representing historical figures on a grand scale, following the example of the highly acclaimed artists as Rubens and Van Dyck, was a great challenge for the young painter.

The thoughtful portrayal of old people of both sexes is a conspicuous feature of Rembrandt's work, especially in his Leiden years. He also often represented old people singly. The models in these paintings are sometimes represented in their own persons, but more often they are dressed in one or more of the exotic costumes which Rembrandt accumulated and kept in his studio wardrobe.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
An Old Woman: The Artist's Mother
c. 1629
Oil on panel, 61,3 x 47,3 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

725*950
True Color
73 Kb



Old Woman Praying
1629-30
Oil on copper, 16 x 12 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

900*1157
True Color
117 Kb



Bust of an Old Man in a Fur Cap
1630
Oil on wood, 22 x 17,5 cm
Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck

600*759
True Color
61 Kb



Old Soldier
1630
Oil on wood, 35 x 26 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

630*841
True Color
58 Kb



The Prophetess Anna (known as 'Rembrandt's Mother')
1631
Oil on panel, 60 x 48 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

1128*1400
True Color
193 Kb



Portrait of Nicolaes Ruts
1631
Oil on mahogany panel, 119 x 89 cm
Frick Collection, New York

626*850
True Color
69 Kb



A Scholar
1631
Oil on canvas, 105 x 92 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

837*958
True Color
72 Kb



Portrait of Aeltje Pietersdr. Uylenburgh
1632
Oil on panel 75 x 56 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague

1100*1449
True Color
77 Kb



Young Woman with Fan
1632
Oil on canvas, 72 x 54 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

900*1204
True Color
99 Kb



Maurits Huygens, Secretary of the Council of State
1632
Oil on panel, 31 x 25 cm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

773*1000
True Color
62 Kb



Portrait of the Artist Jacob de Gheyn
1632
Oil on panel, 30 x 25 cm
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

826*1000
True Color
61 Kb



Portrait of a Man
1632
Oil on wood, 76 x 52 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1200*1610
True Color
84 Kb



Man in Oriental Costume
1632
Oil on canvas, 153 x 111 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1218*1500
True Color
127 Kb



Man in Oriental Costume (detail)
1632
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1144*1500
True Color
168 Kb



Portrait of a Man
1632
Oil on canvas, 112 x 89 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1264*1600
True Color
172 Kb



Portrait of a Woman
1632
Oil on canvas, 112 x 89 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1278*1600
True Color
184 Kb



Man Sharpening a Quill
1632
Oil on canvas, 102 x 82 cm
Staatliche Museen, Kassel

900*1123
True Color
94 Kb



Portrait of a Young Woman
1632
Oil on canvas, 92 x 71 cm
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

1227*1500
True Color
122 Kb



Amalia van Solms, wife of Stadholder Frederik Hendrik
c. 1632
Oil on panel, 69 x 56 cm
Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

900*1140
True Color
75 Kb



Portrait of Joris de Caulleery
c. 1632
Oil on canvas, 101 x 83 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco

1200*1501
True Color
123 Kb




Summary of works by Rembrandt
Paintings
New Testament subjects | until 1639 | 1640s | 1650-60s
Passion of Christ | Old Testament subjects
Mythological subjects | Historical subjects
Portraits | until 1632 | 1633-39 | 1640s | 1650s | 1660s
Group portraits | Self-portraits
Landscapes | Miscellaneous subjects
Paintings in the style of Rembrandt (not by Rembrandt)
Graphics
Etchings (until 1645) | Etchings (from 1646) | Drawings and engravings