Homer by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1663. The painting is in Mauritshuis den Haag. The size of the work is 107 x 82 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
Rembrandt used broad brushstrokes in painting the head of the Greek poet Homer. His golden yellow robe gleams in the light, where Rembrandt applied the paint very effectively with a palette knife. The painting was commissioned by the Sicilian nobleman Antonio Ruffo. Originally, you could also see the scribe to whom the blind Homer dictated his verses. But this part was lost in a fire. On the lower right, you can still see two fingers holding a pen and a sheet of paper. Read more in Mauritshuis den Haag.
About the Artist: Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker and draughtsman Rembrandt was born on 15 July 1606 in Leiden, in the Dutch Republic, now the Netherlands. As a boy, he attended a Latin school. At the age of 13, he was enrolled at the University of Leiden, although according to a contemporary he had a greater inclination towards painting. In 1624 or 1625, Rembrandt opened a studio in Leiden, which he shared with friend and colleague Jan Lievens. In 1627, Rembrandt began to accept students, which included Gerrit Dou in 1628 and Isaac de Jouderville… Read more