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This portrait was originally attributed to Rembrandt. It carries many of his stylistic characteristics and even displayed his signature. However, in 1950 the attribution of the painting was given to the ‘Dutch School’ and the following year the signature was proved false and removed.
The standout focus of this work is the pointing ringed finger. It therefore seems likely that this painting was commissioned to celebrate a marriage (evidence suggests it was customary in the Netherlands to wear a wedding ring on the index finger) and probably formed one of a pair of portraits.
oil on canvas
H 106.7 x W 91.5 cm
Iveagh Bequest, 1929