Rembrandt’s Mother with her Hand on her Chest

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Rembrandt’s mother most certainly modelled here, yet not for the usual facial studies, but rather for larger, tronie-like interpretations. At left, she sits like an ‘oude Persiaanse vrou’ (old Persian woman) in an imaginary, Oriental-looking headdress. At right, she wears a mid-16th-century shirt, so contemporaries would immediately have understood that she was garbed ‘op zijn antieks’ (à l’antique). Date: 1631. Object ID: RP-P-1961-1192.

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