This enduring canvas titled Man in a Golden Helmet and dated 1650, is a particularly captivating and meditative rendering of a time-worn face beneath a majestic, almost juxtaposing, helmet. The contrast illuminates the painting with a profoundly moving sense of time having passed, at once both sentimental and sentient. Admired by the Impressionists and portrait artists throughout the centuries, this remarkable achievement was most likely an imaged reproduction rather than painted from life. As it was never commissioned the canvas exists more as a proposition, perhaps evoking a sentimental by-gone age for its original audience, it sat for a long time as a significant member of Rembrandt’s oeuvre. Following the painter’s characteristic manner of altering the appearance and presence of his subjects through the juxtaposition of surprising elements of costume, it is not surprising that Man in a Golden Helmet was so long regarded as a seminal manifestation of the artist’s spiritual and material themes.
Recently, however, the attribution of the painting to Rembrandt has been questioned. There is no doubt that the canvas was painted in 1650, and there are no voices raised calling it a fake or a forgery. The simple fact is that this emblematic painting of which a reproduction hung on many walls, was most likely painted by one of the Dutch master’s pupils. In 1985 extensive tests revealed it to be the work on an unknown hand, thus lowering its theoretical value. Yet for many who grew up with Man in a Golden Helmet adorning their living room or in their father’s study, the painting will always retain the power and contemplative tonality of a masterwork – regardless of the painter. As a work both somber and grave, this authorless canvas resonates with a harmony and wisdom that has captivated both artists and the public for centuries.
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