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

Parable of the Rich Man

Oil on oak, 32 x 42 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Catalogue number: Bredius 420.

The painting, known as The Money-Changer, is also interpreted as the allegory of miserliness.

Rembrandt's work is imbued with certain qualities we can call Caravaggesque even if they are not directly derived from the Italian master's work. The highly conscious use of dark and light in constructing compositions is considered part of Caravaggio's legacy. This method was known to Rembrandt through the mediation of Utrecht painters like Gerrit van Honthorst, who brought stylistic Caravaggism from Italy to Holland.

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