Man in Oriental Costume by Rembrandt

Man in Oriental Costume by Rembrandt

Man in Oriental Costume
Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA

An ambitious painting, ‘Man in Oriental Costume’ depicts the Dutch idea of a Near Eastern Potentate, an exotic subject that would appeal a knowledgeable and experienced collector. A stately and colossal figure draped in a golden garment sternly stares out, with his head and shoulders lit dramatically from the front and back. The gold of his garment gleams beneath a metallic scarf and silver turban. Rembrandt painted many Middle Eastern figures during the 1630s reflecting the commercial enterprises of the Dutch Republic in the Middle East

Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Born: 15 July 1606, Leiden, Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Died: 4 October 1669, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rembrandt’s life and work were fuelled by an intense psychological study of people, objects, and their surroundings and a strong Christian devotion. Incredibly gifted, Rembrandt became a master of portraiture, historical, mythological, and biblical sense from a very young age. His techniques and use of materials was sensitive and spontaneous. His everchanging approach to colour, composition, and shadow produced powerfully moving and natural moments of the human existence. His mastery of light and texture emphasized emotional depth weaved a common theme through all his work confirming his status as one of art’s greatest and innovative masters

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