Rembrandt, Man in oriental costume, 1632
Oil on canvas, 152.7 x 111.1 cm.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friso Lammertse, curator of paintings, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Jaap van der Veen, research curator, Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
From the museum website
Art dealers Hendrick and Gerrit Uylenburgh played a key role in the artistic life of Amsterdam in the 17th century. After Rembrandt moved from Leiden to Amsterdam he worked for Hendrick Uylenburgh, in charge of his painters’ workshop, for almost four years. Launched by Uylenburgh, Rembrandt rapidly made his name as the most important portrait painter in Holland. The stock in Uylenburgh’s shop was not confined to Dutch paintings, he also sold works by Italian and Flemish masters.
The exhibition will present a representative overview of the paintings and sculptures that were bought and sold by the firm of Uylenburgh between 1625 and 1675. They include masterpieces by Anthony van Dyck, Govert Flinck, Johannes Lingelbach, Gerard de Lairesse and, of course, Rembrandt, who will be represented by no less than fifteen paintings.
Rembrandt was born in Leiden in 1606. In that same year the house in Amsterdam in which he was to live during his heyday was being built. In 1906 plans were made to convert this very house into a museum. One hundred years later Holland celebrates Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. The share of the Rembrandt House in the celebrations consists of four major Rembrandt exhibitions:
Rembrandt and English etching (17 December 2005-12 March 2006)
Rembrandt: the quest of a genius (1 April-2 July 2006)
Rembrandt: the etcher
(8 July-3 September 2006)
Uylenburgh & son: art and commerce in Rembrandt’s time (16 September-10 December 2006)
Many paintings will return to the place where they were made four centuries ago to be shown at these four exhibitions.