Man Reading

For centuries, this painting was thought to portray an individual, but recent research suggests it may be a tronie—a type of image in which seventeenth-century Dutch artists explored facial expressions and costumes. The richly textured surface and the contrast of warm light and soft shadows are typical of paintings by Rembrandt and his students, who learned the master’s techniques by copying his work. For a time, the work was considered a product of the artist’s followers, but has recently been attributed to Rembrandt himself.

Attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn

Dutch, 1606–1669

Man Reading

c. 1648

Oil on canvas

29 3/16 x 22 1/8 in. (74.1 x 56.2 cm) Frame: 38 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 3 9/16 in. (98.7 x 81.9 x 9 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1923