Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Jan Lievens - inventor - Second oriental head
Rembrandt and Lievens were particularly fascinated with the faces of old people, as these offered ample possibilities of expression. This etching comes from the series of four sheets that Rembrandt made based on his friend’s prints. Rembrandt slightly adapted the model, and - compared to Lievens’s etching - he imparted the bust with a greater sense of majesty. The series became known as the „Oriental Heads“; in fact, this was a tronie (Dutch for a „face“), i.e. rather than as a portrait, the face or bust served as a study of emotions, a facial expression, or a stock character in costume.
measurements: height 152 mm
width 114 mm
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material: paper
technique: etching
inventory number: R 235207
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings