Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Gold Chain

As a young painter newly arrived in Amsterdam, Rembrandt rapidly gained fame for his stylish portraits of Dutch burghers. Paired images of couples were common in the Netherlands; this painting and its companion, MFA Object No. 93.1475, show an unidentified husband and wife. Rembrandt captures the viewer's attention with his vivid presentation of the woman's engaging personality and the dazzling rendering of her multi-layered lace collar and gold chain. Rembrandt's technique was already daring; he has scratched the highlights of his subject's curly hair into the wet paint with the butt end of his brush.

Inscription

Upper right: R E M[...] / 16[...]

Provenance

Baron François-Florentin-Achille de Seillière (b. 1813 - d. 1873) [see note 1]; by descent to his daughter, Anne Alexandrine Jeanne Jeanne Marguérite Seillière (b. 1839 - d. 1905), Princess Sagan, Paris; 1889, sold by Princess Sagan to Durand-Ruel, Paris [see note 2]. 1889, Cottier and Co., London and New York [see note 3]; sold by Cottier to Frederick Lothrop Ames (b. 1835 - d. 1893), Boston; by descent to his widow, Rebecca (Mrs. Frederick L.) Ames (b. 1838 - d. 1905), Boston; 1893, gift of Mrs. Frederick L. Ames to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 1893)



NOTES:

[1] First published as in the Seillière collection by C. Vosmaer, "Rembrandt: sa vie et ses oeuvres" (The Hague, 1877), p. 503; also see Alfred von Wurzbach, "Rembrandt - Galerie" (Stuttgart, 1886), p. 75, no. 320. [2] "Current News in the Fine Arts," New York Times, December 24, 1893, p. 13. [3] The Studio, n.s., vol. 4, no. 11 (October, 1889), p. 176.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Frederick L. Ames, in the name of Frederick L. Ames

Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Gold Chain

Dimensions
69.5 x 53 cm (27 3/8 x 20 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on panel
Classification
Paintings
Type
Portrait - Single - Female
Catalogue Raisonné
Bredius 346; RRP C 73
Accession Number
93.1474
On view
Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery - 242

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