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Thank God for Museums! Part 2

Another amazing work by Rembrandt was this portrait titled A Polish nobleman. This masterpiece was done in 1637 using oil paint and it measures at 96.7 x 66.1 cm. Even though Rembrandt’s usage of light is the same as his self portrait discussed in my previous post, this painting does not draw my eyes to just the face alone.
This piece is all about the coat, the jewelry, the mustache; depicting the life of a nobleman, a life of wealth. The coat, oh the fur, I want to just delve into it and cuddle up under it, above it – all around it. I stood there staring at it and for a minute, I almost forgot it was a painting. It felt like I can actually touch it and sense the thick fur caressing my hands.
The light; an artist myself, I know light means life to a painting – where a canvas ceases and reality begins. Rembrandt really understood this fact. He addresses areas of the coat with such dark gradation of tones no one can deny the folds. A simple brown color has reached its peak in this magnificent display of light and dark, emphasizing all of the coats glory and richness. Somewhat out staged by the coat but refusing to be ignored, the fur hat sits on his head adorned with a golden chain.
Lying on the coat is this long thick golden chain. No ordinary necklace, it drapes around his shoulders as if to guard the fur and with all intent of making its presence known. The positioning of its cross like pendant alone, graciously hanging down his right shoulder, demands my attention.
No one piece is left un-bejeweled, un-bedazzled. The pearl hanging from his right earlobe, the golden tip on his wooden cane that his hand is gently resting on; I wondered what else he would have put on if he was a woman. Even the mustache, long and thick and sprinkled with a few gray hairs decorates his face while giving it grace.

A Polish nobleman