Rembrandt’s Son Titus in a Monk’s Habit, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

Rembrandt’s Son Titus in a Monk’s Habit, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

oil on canvas, h 79.5cm × w 67.7cm More details

Rembrandt portrays his 19-year-old son Titus as a Franciscan monk. The rules of the Order prescribe a life of poverty and humility, reflected in the sitter’s coarse cloak and air of quiet introspection. In 1660, Titus and Hendrikje, Rembrandt’s mistress, established an art business, with Rembrandt as their only employee. This enabled Rembrandt to avoid creditors and continue painting many of his best works until his death in 1669.

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