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Jean Pellicorne with his son Caspar
  • Rembrandt (1606 - 1669) , and Studio
  • Jean Pellicorne with his son Caspar
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1632
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 155.5 x 123 cm
    Object size: 194 x 162 x 12 cm
  • Signature: Rembrant.f [ct.?]

    Signature: Rembrant.f [ct.?]
    Signature: Rembrant.f [ct.?]
    Signature: 'Rembrandt. f[ct.?]'
  • P82
  • Great Gallery
Further Reading
  • Pendant to P90. Jean Pellicorne, a wealthy Amsterdam merchant, married Susanna van Collen in 1626, and their children, Anna and Caspar, were born in December 1626 and June 1628 respectively. The portrait shows Caspar bringing his father a bag of money, symbolising his duty as heir to act as future protector and provider for his family. This image of social responsibility and piety is further emphasised by the picture (barely discernible) on the wall behind the sitters, which shows the young Samuel being dedicated to the Lord (Samuel I, I, 27-8). In both portraits, strongly directed artificial light animates the sitters, particularly illuminating their faces and hands. They are further enlivened by the sense of arrested movement, as though interrupted by the presence of the viewer.
    The pendant portraits of the family are dated on stylistic grounds and on the basis of the spelling of the signature (‘Rembrant’) to c. 1632 (the date was lost when the canvas was later cropped). They are therefore among the early commissions for portraits that Rembrandt received following his move to Amsterdam at the end of 1631, when he was working for the dealer Hendrick van Uylenburgh. The full-length portrait was much more expensive than the half- or bust-length format. The fact that Rembrandt painted so few of them further attests to the importance of this commission. It has been suggested that despite this fact, Rembrandt delegated areas of the composition to studio assistants. In any event, this pendant pair is certainly a forerunner to the famous ‘speaking portraits’ of the Shipbuilder Jan Rijcksen and his Wife Griet Jans (1633, Royal Collection) and the Preacher Anslo and his Wife Aeltje Schouten (1641, Berlin Gemäldegalerie).