Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Portrait of Jan Six (1654)

(Private Collection)

A painting by the Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669). Jan Six, lord of Vromade and Wimmenum, (1618-1700) was a wealthy regent, poet and art-collector who also acted as a patron of Rembrandt. This informal portrait sealed this patronship. It shows Jan Six wearing a light grey coat with yellow buttons. Over the left shoulder hangs a short bright red cloak with a collar and trimmings of gold lace. He is putting on his gloves as if he is about to go out. The painting was made in 1654 and is still in the collection of the Six family since it was created.