Early portraits (until 1632)

Rembrandt began to work as a professional portraitist about 1631. Representing historical figures on a grand scale, following the example of the highly acclaimed artists as Rubens and Van Dyck, was a great challenge for the young painter.

The thoughtful portrayal of old people of both sexes is a conspicuous feature of Rembrandt's work, especially in his Leiden years. He also often represented old people singly. The models in these paintings are sometimes represented in their own persons, but more often they are dressed in one or more of the exotic costumes which Rembrandt accumulated and kept in his studio wardrobe.

Preview Picture Data Info
Bust of an Old Man with Turban
Oil on oak panel, 27 x 20 cm
The Kremer Collection

An Old Woman: The Artist's Mother
c. 1629
Oil on panel, 61 x 47 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

Old Woman Praying
Oil on copper, 16 x 12 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

A Man Laughing
c. 1629
Oil on copper, 16 x 13 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague

Bust of an Old Man in a Fur Cap
Oil on wood, 22 x 17,5 cm
Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck

The Prophetess Anna (known as 'Rembrandt's Mother')
Oil on panel, 60 x 48 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Portrait of Nicolaes Ruts
Oil on mahogany panel, 119 x 89 cm
Frick Collection, New York

Old Man with a Gold Chain
Oil on panel, 83 x 76 cm
Art Institute, Chicago

Old Man with a Black Hat and Gorget (detail)
Oil on panel
Art Institute, Chicago

A Scholar
Oil on canvas, 105 x 92 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Portrait of Aeltje Pietersdr. Uylenburgh
Oil on panel 75 x 56 cm
Private collection

Young Woman with Fan
Oil on canvas, 72 x 54 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Maurits Huygens, Secretary of the Council of State
Oil on panel, 31 x 25 cm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Portrait of the Artist Jacob de Gheyn
Oil on panel, 30 x 25 cm
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Portrait of a Man
Oil on wood, 76 x 52 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Man in Oriental Costume
Oil on canvas, 153 x 111 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Man in Oriental Costume (detail)
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Portrait of a Man
Oil on canvas, 112 x 89 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Portrait of a Woman
Oil on canvas, 112 x 89 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Man Sharpening a Quill
Oil on canvas, 102 x 82 cm
Staatliche Museen, Kassel

Portrait of a Young Woman
Oil on canvas, 92 x 71 cm
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

Amalia van Solms, wife of Stadholder Frederik Hendrik
c. 1632
Oil on panel, 69 x 56 cm
Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

Portrait of Joris de Caullery
c. 1632
Oil on canvas, 101 x 83 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco

Young Girl Wearing a Gold-trimmed Cloak
Oil on panel, oval, 59 x 44 cm
The Leiden Collection, New York

Summary of works by Rembrandt
New Testament subjects | until 1639 | 1640s | 1650-60s
Passion of Christ | Old Testament subjects
Mythological subjects | Historical subjects
Portraits | until 1632 | 1633-39 | 1640s | 1650s | 1660s
Group portraits | Self-portraits
Landscapes | Miscellaneous subjects
Paintings in the style of Rembrandt (not by Rembrandt)
Etchings | Drawings

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