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Rembrandt van Rijn
Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair
1659

An older man sits at a three-quarter angle to the picture plane, hands crossed in front of his chest. The slight tilt of his head imbues him with an air of contemplation and melancholy. Light falls across his white hair and wrinkled forehead from behind, illuminating the right half of his face, while a reflected light faintly hits the left side of his face. This is a beautiful example of a late study in illumination by Rembrandt van Rijn.

 
Rembrandt van Rijn
Leiden, Netherlands 1606–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1669
Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair
1659
Oil on panel
38.1 x 26.8 cm
Gift of Linda and Daniel Bader, 2019
62-002

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Agnes reopened on Tuesday 7 July. Welcome back! Learn more.