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Study for one of the Syndics, Volkert Jansz.

Study for one of the Syndics, Volkert Jansz.

Rembrandt van Rijn (in circa 1662)

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  • AAH asked

    What was Volckert Jansz doing in the painting named 'Syndics of the drapers guild'?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    He was one of the most wealthy and important cloth merchants in Amsterdam, and was one of the five directors of the Drapers' Guild. This painting was commissioned by the depicted for the hall of the Drapers’ Guild. Greetings, Sarie.


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This is one of three surviving preliminary studies for the famous painting 'The Syndics' in the Rijksmuseum. It shows the figure second on the left in the painting, identified as the Amsterdam based cloth merchant Volckert Jansz. Rembrandt has rendered both the figure and his surroundings in bold, wide strokes of the reed pen and brush. He has not bothered about details, for this is a mere study, not a finished drawing intended for sale.

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Title Study for one of the Syndics, Volkert Jansz.
Material and technique Reed pen and brush in brown ink, brown wash, corrected and heightened with white, on cashbook paper
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 225 mm
Width 175 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Rembrandt van Rijn
Accession number R 133 (PK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1662
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions Van Pisanello tot Cézanne (1992)
Rembrandt in Rotterdam (2005)
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Brown wash > Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Amsterdam > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Rembrandt van Rijn

Leiden 1606 - Amsterdam 1669

Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden. After his apprenticeship, during which he studied with various painters including Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, he started...

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