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The Man in a Red Cap

The Man in a Red Cap

Attributed to: Rembrandt van Rijn (in circa 1660)

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  • Christian Berger asked

    Hi, I've read that this painting was part of the collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds, and that there was some evidence that he repainted it to a ver high degree. Any information related to this would be very helpful. Thank you very much in advance! Christian

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Christian. Thank you for your question. Some useful information is provided by J. Giltaij, ‘New results and facts of three paintings by Rembrandt and his school treated in Rotterdam: ‘The Concord of the State’, ‘Titus at his Desk’ and ‘The Man in a Red Cap’,’ in E. Van Duijn & P. Noble (eds.), Rembrandt conservation histories, Amsterdam & London 2021, esp. pp. 180-182. Moreover, this painting has recently been the subject of elaborate technical investigations, but the results still have to be processed and published. Kind regards, Els

  • Otto Naumann asked

    On what type of ground is this painted?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Otto, this is a painting on canvas which was commonly used by Rembrandt at this stage of his life. From what I can see, we don't have more information in our general records about the exact density of the linen canvas used. Best regards, Lisa


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Initially, this painting was attributed to Rembrandt, but in 1988, even before an investigation by the Rembrandt Research project, it was re-attributed to the School of Rembrandt. This was based on stylistic reasons. The group of paintings reflecting Rembrandt's late style is extensive. It was possibly painted by Aert de Gelder, one of the last pupils of Rembrandt, who continued to paint in the free late style of his master, even though such paintings were no longer in fashion. There are, however, still art historians who attribute it to Rembrandt himself.

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Title The Man in a Red Cap
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 80 cm
Height 102 cm
Artists Attributed to: Rembrandt van Rijn
Accession number 2113 (OK)
Credits Gift Rembrandt Association and 100 Friends of the Museum, 1937
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1937
Creation date in circa 1660
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Rembrandt Paintings in America: Collecting and Connoisseurship (2011)
Rembrandt. Britain's Discovery of the Master (2018)
Laboratorium Rembrandt (2019)
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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