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Head of Christ

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (active Leiden and Amsterdam), 1606 - 1669

Made in Netherlands, Europe

c. 1648-1656

Oil on oak panel, laid into larger oak panel

14 1/8 × 12 5/16 inches (35.8 × 31.2 cm) Framed: 28 1/4 inches × 23 inches × 2 inches (71.8 × 58.4 × 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 362, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 480

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This 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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