REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)
Gerard de Lairesse1665-67
Oil on canvas, 113 x 88 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Catalogue number: Bredius 321.
The portrait of the young painter Gerard de Lairesse is a characteristic late work by Rembrandt. Apart from his self-portrait in the Uffizi, this is the only known formal portrait of De Lairesse. The artist's features reportedly shocked colleagues when they first encountered him in Amsterdam, according to Houbraken, who mentions his misshapen nose and relates that he was born with his deformities. It is assumed that he suffered from congenital syphilis which could have caused his deformities.