REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn
(b. 1606, Leiden, d. 1669, Amsterdam)
Portrait of an Elderly Man1667
Oil on canvas, 81 x 67 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague
Catalogue number: Bredius 323A.
The sitter of this painting was probably Lodewijk van Ludick (1607-1669), a shadowy non-artist in the Amsterdam art world. He was an associate of Rembrandt from 1653 on. They did deals in art, in real estate, in cash, in credit. Although van Ludick backed Rembrandt financially in the 1650s, his own situation deteriorated so badly that he had to sell his art collection.