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Lievens, Jan
Profile Head of an Old Woman (“Rembrandt’s Mother”)
Around 1630

Old age fascinated the young Jan Lievens, and he concentrated upon the physical markers of wrinkled skin, thinning hair and missing teeth in his representations. Character studies of elderly women evoked biblical pillars of piety—such as Anna, who witnessed the presentation of the infant Christ in the temple in Jerusalem—without explicit identification. The luxurious translucent scarf may have been inspired by actual cloth owned by one of Leiden’s proprietors of textile production.

 
Lievens, Jan
Leiden, Netherlands 1607–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1674
Profile Head of an Old Woman (“Rembrandt’s Mother”)
Around 1630
Oil on panel
43.2 x 33.7 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2005
48-001

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