The Polish Rider by Rembrandt van Rijn was created in 1655. The painting is in The Frick Collection. The size of the work is 116,8 x 134,9 cm and is made of oil on canvas.
Rembrandt’s painting of a youthful long-haired rider in Polish dress, armed with two swords, a war hammer, and a quiver of arrows, remains one of his most haunting works. The serene, open expression of the rider contrasts with the barren, unforgiving nocturnal terrain through which he and the horse proceed at some speed. In the more thinly painted background, we can make out a domed citadel with fortified buildings atop a hill and at right a ridge of trees leading down to a tower that overlooks a pool at whose edge a fire burns faintly. Read more in The Frick Collection.
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