European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Head of ChristMade in Netherlands, Europe
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (active Leiden and Amsterdam), 1606 - 1669
Oil on oak panel, laid into larger oak panel
Cat. 480John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThis face of Christ relates very closely to depictions found in two prints by Rembrandt that portray Christ preaching to an attentive audience. A 1656 inventory lists a picture hanging in Rembrandt's studio as "a head of Christ, done from life," perhaps evidence that Rembrandt used his neighbors in the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam as models. This painting is likely the one that was kept by Rembrandt's family.
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