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

Titus as a Franciscan Monk

Oil on canvas, 79 x 68 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Catalogue number: Bredius 306.

Although Titus was trained as an artist, presumably by Rembrandt, this is not the way his father depicted him. Rather, he shows him engaged in writing, reading and speaking. In the present painting Rembrandt painted him as a Franciscan friar, which cannot have face-value biographical significance. Rembrandt was surrounded by Catholics, and by painting his son in the guise of a monk, he demonstrated personal sympathy for them.