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Titus at His Desk

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  • ananian asked

    Titus at his Desk is "travelling". Please, can you tell me where it can be seen. I am planing a trip to Rotterdam.
    Many thanks
    Francine Ananian

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Francine,

    The painting just traveled back from an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and will be displayed in the Depot starting late March 2024.


  • Sheila Johnston asked

    I just saw “Titus at His Desk” at the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam and thank you for lending it to them. My question concerns its provenance. It has been in Rotterdam since 1940. Where was it from 1655 to 1940? Thank you.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Sheila, we have tried to answer this question (as far as possible) in a short series of videos (part 1-3) entitled 'Titus Goes Traveling'. You can find it at Youtube and Vimeo:
    part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYHW0JhNbKE
    part 2: https://vimeo.com/114751071
    part 3: https://vimeo.com/128574402
    I hope these video's answer your question. Kind regards, Els

  • Amira asked

    Hi, I saw this painting in the exhibition and I found it very interesting. I wanted to ask which place this painting has in your collection and why it was chosen to be shown in your exhibition. Kind Regards, Amira

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Amira, this painting, which Rembrandt made of his young son Titus, is one of the highlights in our collection. It was purchased on the verge of the Second World War and people came to look at it and found comfort in the beautiful image of the innocent boy, who is trying to do what he has been told to do, but at the same time seems distracted by images in his dreamy mind. I think the painting still has this comforting effect. Kind regards, Els

  • Mardie Rees asked

    What is the boy Titus holding in his left hand…Besides the paper and quill?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Mardie, Titus is holding a pen in one hand and an inkwell and pen case in the other. Best, Lisa

  • Yuliya Udot asked

    Hello. I would like to ask you about Rembrandt van Rejn. As mentioned in your description about him, at certain point of his life he had become very famous and successful, but later he was bankrupt. What about the last years of his life? Was he able to restore his popularity and wealthiness or did he die poor man. And I read information that after "Night watch" his career declined because this painting was not successful at all. Is it true? Thank you for your answers and for your job! It's such a pleasure to se all these masterpieces and guess about hidden one.
    Best regards Yulia

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Yuliya, it is indeed true that Rembrandt didn't die a rich man. The Night Watch is one of his biggest commissions but as far as I know it was well received. There is so much information available about this painting, I'm sure this would be easy to trace. All best, Lisa

  • Rodney Franko asked

    Has the painting, Titus at His
    Desk, been cleaned within the last 30 years? Thank you.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Rodney, thanks for your quesiton. The most recent restauration of this work took place in 1985. Best, Friso Lammertse


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It is possible that this is a portrait of Rembrandt's son Titus around the age of fourteen. Slumped over his papers, the boy stares contemplatively into the distance. He holds a pen in one hand and an inkwell and pen case in the other. This painting's remarkable features are the lighting, the triangular composition and the crude, almost expressionistic brushwork in the foreground.

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Title Titus at His Desk
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 63 cm
Height 77 cm
Artists Painter: Rembrandt van Rijn
Accession number St 2
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Purchased with the support of Rembrandt Association and 120 friends of the museum, 1940
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in 1655
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Rembrandt-Velázquez (2019)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
Rembrandt. Britain's Discovery of the Master (2018)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)
Titus is weer thuis. Een zoon, een vader, een meesterwerk (2023)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > 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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