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Head of Christ

c. 1648-1656
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (active Leiden and Amsterdam), 1606 - 1669
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....

Object Details
Louis-Michel van Loo (1707–1771) sale, Paris, November 1772, no. 27; purchased by Madame de Saulcy, Paris; sold to Count de la Bégassière, Paris. With Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, 1901. John G. Johnson (1841–1917), Philadelphia, by 1908 [1]; bequest to the City of Philadelphia, 1917.1. The painting is published as being in Johnson’s collection in 1908; see J. Kirby Grant, “Mr. John G. Johnson’s Collection of Pictures in Philadelphia: Part IV,” Connoisseur, vol. 22, no. 87 (November 1908), p. 141.

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