Head of Christ

The figure of Christ here is reminiscent of the Louvre Pilgrims at Emmaus: the same tilt of the head, upward-looking gaze and half-open mouth, and also the striking frontality and lighting from the left. All these elements were instrumental in the Detroit Museum of Arts acquiring it as a study for the Louvre painting.
Attributed to Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn) (1606 – 1669)
circa 1648-54
Oil on oak – H. 58.4 cm; W. 53.5 cm – Signed top left: Rembrandt f. – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 30.370 – Purchased by the Founders Society
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