Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Salome With The Head Of John The Baptist: Workshop Of Rembrandt Van Rijn

Here's a painting from Rembrandt's circle. It has been attributed to the great man himself (most unlikely- that's not how he lit a scene) and- more plausibly- to Carel Fabritius. Currently it seems to be securely anon. That it was produced in Rembrandt's workshop is almost certain. The executioner looks a lot like Rembrandt himself (that huge nose!)- and if not him could be some other member of the family. The model for Salome is (I think) Rembrandt's wife, Saskia.

So it's not a proper Rembrandt but it's good enough to be one. Psychologically charged. Consider the look that Salome is exchanging with the inscrutably bluff executioner. Conclusion: Rembrandt was a damn fine teacher.

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