Portrait of Johannes Wtenbogaert by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
1633, oil on canvas, 130 × w 103 cm, Amsterdam Rijksmuseum
In 1633 Rembrandt painted the famous Portrait of Johannes Wtenbogaert (1557-1644). Henk van Os (‘Zien is genoeg’, uitgeverij Balans, Amsterdam, 2005, p. 83-99) writes: “Rembrandt does not elevate you, but he helps makes visible the depth of your feelings and provides consolation”. The face still radiates liveliness, sadness, after a lifetime of turmoil, at the age of 76. It almost speaks to the viewer with an expression of quiet acceptance in the sitter’s intelligent, soft, moist and perhaps wise eyes (Drs. Kees Kaldenbach, art historian).