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An Occasional Painting . . . Or Two

Sunday, October 14, 2007
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Posted by Sarah P

Philosopher With An Open Book, 1625-7

“Philosopher With An Open Book” is an early painting of Rembrandt’s. It’s not famous, and there’s not much scholarship about it, but I love it. It’s so moody. And Rembrandt seemed to like it as he chose to revisit the philosopher for a second study, “Philosopher In Meditation,” a few years later.

Philosopher in Meditation, 1632

And I love ’em. llewopharas tniapcco

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. James17930 permalink
    Sunday, October 14, 2007 10:32 pm

    What’s also very interesting is that, in the intervening years between paintings, the philosopher has either moved castles and found a new study which is almost exactly the mirror image of his old one (along with hiring a little helper guy — probably a leper), or, along with being a philosopher, he’s also an alchemist, and has invented a potion which allows him to change the basic structure of rock so as to mold, say, a room, into any configuration he choses.

    I can see why Rembrandt chose this man for his subject — quite the fascinating character.

  2. James17930 permalink
    Sunday, October 14, 2007 10:35 pm

    Also — these ‘Occasional Paintings’ are becoming less and less ‘occasional.’

    I need to friggin’ write something!

  3. Sarah P permalink
    Monday, October 15, 2007 8:04 am

    Yeah, well, I had to jump on the bandwagon.

  4. James17930 permalink
    Friday, October 19, 2007 1:35 am

    I wasn’t criticizing — I was more chastising myself for not doing an article in a while, and so I felt compelled to write the Matt Good one, so really I just thank you.

  5. Monday, December 3, 2007 9:46 am

    Wonderful! Love those paintings, which I’d never seen before. I found this posting from a search for “open book” images & posted this pic over at my site. . . . hope you don’t mind!

    Thank you for making me aware of these paintings. Like you, “I love ’em!” I got to see a Rembrandt exhibition in Frankfurt several years ago, but there was nothing like this in that exhibition.

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