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

Portrait of Marten Soolmans

Oil on canvas, 210 x 135 cm
Private collection

Catalogue number: Bredius 199.

The life-size, full-length portraits of Marten Soolmans (1613-1641) and his wife, Oopjen Coppit (1611-1689), are exceptionally large and elaborate for Rembrandt. They cost about five hundred guilders, an amount as much as a skilled worker or a minister in the Reformed church earned in a year. The sitters not only ordered two paintings of this format, they also bought other work by Rembrandt.