A Portrait of Rembrandt’s Mother, by Jan Lievens (1607-1674).

Oil on panel, 26.7cm by 20cm.

This painting was left to Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), in a bequest from a Mrs. Wilkinson of Ketton in Rutland.

Jan Lievens was a child prodigy, who began a career as an independent artist at the age of 12.

His style was very similar to that of Rembrandt (1606-1699), with whom he shared a studio, and with whom he collaborated from 1626-1631.

He was then invited to the Court of James I where he was influenced by the works of Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641).


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