REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)

A Polish Nobleman

1637
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.




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