Artwork of the Month - March 2014
'Tronie' of a Man with a Feathered Beret
Artist: By Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) (After)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Status: Permanent collection
Item No.: GMAG 5905
This painting is 'after' Rembrandt's painting 'Tronie' of a Man with a Feathered Beret (c.1635-40). It is sometimes mistaken for a self-portrait, but actually does not portray a specific person. A Tronie (Dutch for 'face') was a portrait which often depicted exaggerated facial expressions such as surprise or laughter. Artists would use elements from their own facial features within such paintings, hence sometimes being mistaken for self-portraits. Even the costume is a construct of Rembrandt's imagination and does not reflect the fashions of the time.