Portrait of Ephraim Bueno (1645-1647)

Portrait of Ephraim Bueno (1645-1647)

Rembrandt (1606-1669)

Portrait of a man, thought to be Dr. Ephraim Bueno
Oil on panel, 19 x 15 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Ephraim Bueno (1599–1665), a Jewish physician, poet and translator from Portugal, probably belonged to Rembrandt’s circle of friends. Rembrandt painted his portrait as a preparatory study for a print. He concentrated on the face and the division of light and dark; the rest was less important for the purposes of this sketch. This explains the fairly coarse brushstrokes for the clothing and hands. (RIJKS)

See also:

• Bueno, Ephraim (1599-1665)