"Aristotle in front of a bust of Homer, Rembrandt, one thousand 600 50 three
Description of the picture:
Aristotle in front of a bust of Homer – Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. 1653. Oil on canvas. 143.5×136.5
Rembrandt (1606-1669), despite the fact that he lived in Holland, did not fit perfectly into the tradition of her art and, in general, went beyond any limits. He made a work “Aristotle in front of a bust of Homer” in that period of life when he was unrecognized at home, but became loved beyond its borders. Sicilian rich man and philanthropist Antonio Ruffo wished to decorate his art gallery depicting Aristotle, and Rembrandt wrote it.
The philosopher is dressed in an outfit of the 17th century – a shirt with lush sleeves and a vest, on his head – a velvet hat, on his chest – a silver chain with a medallion depicting his pupil, Alexander the Great. In general, the chain that the rich Dutch wore since then is even better visible than the locket. All together makes the memory that Aristotle is a contemporary of the artist and just went to his studio. Moreover, that depicted here bust of Homer – most likely the one who was in the house of Rembrandt and appeared in the inventory of property seized from him for debts.
Aristotle’s figure floats out of the twilight. He leads an invisible conversation with another great philosopher, and on his face is such a deep thoughtfulness, which happens only to people who have touched the secrets of being. From bust of homer as if a radiance was coming out, illuminating his “interlocutor” and looking like the light of truth, dispersing the darkness. “He was not only a religious painter,” said the Belgian writer Emil Verharn about Rembrandt, “he was not the creator of breathtaking dramas and colorful dreams … He was the embodiment of the supernatural. Under his brush, magic seems truly accomplished; he invested so many deeply, purely human feelings in him. ”"