REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)
A Polish Nobleman1637
Oil on panel, 97 x 66 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Rembrandt often dressed models in unusual costumes because of their exotic associations. The bear's-skin cap, dark fur cloak, and massive gold chain and tassel have suggested to many that the sitter was Slavic, but the painting's title has no factual basis.