Artibus et Historiae no. 12 (VI)

1985, ISSN 0391-9064

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LUBA FREEDMAN - Rembrandt's Portrait of Jan Six

The paper attempts to reconstruct Rembrandt's process of working on the Portrait of Jan Six (Amsterdam, Six Collection). The sitter's attire, posture, facial traits are viewed in comparison with contemporary portraits such as Rubens' Self-Portrait (Vienna), Van Dyck's Lord John and Lord Bernard Stuart (London, Lady Louis Mountbatten Collection), Hals' Portrait of an Unknown Man (Washington). The etching, Portrait of Jan Six, together with the preparatory drawings are included. Jan Six is suggested as a possible model for Rembrandt's Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art), owing to his facies nigra of a man predisposed to Melancholia.

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