Head of Christ

The figure of Christ here was intended to express suffering and abandonment. The anxiety of Jesus on the Mount of Olives before his arrest seems to have been in gestation. Considered thus, as already depicting an episode in the Bible, the picture takes on a fuller meaning.
Attributed to Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn) (1606 – 1669)
circa 1655
Oil on oak – H. 24 cm; W. 19 cm – Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Amsterdam, NK 2774 – On loan to the Bijbels Museum, Amsterdam
© Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed