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Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 1653

Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, painted in 1653 was commissioned by art collector Don Antonio Ruffo, from Messina in Sicily who allowed the renowned artist complete freedom in his choice of subject. Rembrandt chose to render an imagined figurative reproduction of the author of the Poetics, Aristotle, contemplating a bust of the legendary epic poet, Homer. Resting his hand on the bust of this poet from a previous age, Aristotle stands adorned with a medallion of Alexander the Great, his most illustrious former student. This figure of success, respect, and of seminal historical importance is depicted in a humble, reverential, and solemn manner. It is impossible not to see within the painting Rembrandt’s own feelings about his fame and success. The painting has often been interpreted as a meditation on the fissure between earthly fame and spiritual values – between external glory and internal freedom.

An imagined reproduction of thought and contemplation is characteristic of Rembrandt, whose career saw a lengthy preoccupation with visual and emotional experience. The magic of the artist’s consummate skill for light-based evocations of internal emotions cannot be properly experienced through prints or photographs – only be approaching the oil on the canvas does the light properly move across the faces and surfaces of Rembrandt’s subjects, causing the meaning and the mood to shift. Almost envious of the distant and obscure life of Homer, Aristotle lingers in a darkness punctuated by a shaft of bright daylight. As one approaches the canvas the solemnity seems to give way to a reverential grasp for the eternal, making this interaction between two historical figures a deeply moving work. Purchased in 1961 for $2.3 million by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, was, justifiably, once the most expensive picture ever sold.

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Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 1653 Rembrandt Van Rijn

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