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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Homer Dictating his Verses. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Only surviving painting of a series of seven by Rembrandt, Guercino, Matia Preti, Salvator Rosa, and Giacinto Brandi.
Parts were removed from all four sides as a result of fire damage, following an earthquake that struck Antonio Ruffo's palace in Messina in 1783. Only two fingers remained of the pupils that were present in the complete painting.
Date 1663
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 107 cm (42.1 in). Width: 82 cm (32.3 in).
Current location
(Inventory)Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
Accession number 584
Object history

1663: commissioned by Don Antonio Ruffo (1610/1611-1678), Messina
by 1783: Ruffo family, Messina
17 February 1810: anonymous sale at Christie's, London (auction house), lot no. 117 (as A schoolmaster with his pupil)
by 1885: S.T. Smith (art dealer), London
by 1894: T. Humphrey Ward & Son (art dealer), London
1894: acquired by Abraham Bredius (1855-1946), The Hague
1946: bequeathed to the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, by Abraham Bredius
Exhibition history

De Rembrandt Tentoonstelling te Amsterdam, September 1898–November 1898, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Cat.no. 117.
Bredius, Rembrandt en het Mauritshuis!!! Een eigenzinnige directeur verzamelt, 1991, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague, Cat.no. 13.
Liefde, list en lijden, 1993, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague, Cat.no. 33.
Een zomer met Rembrandt, 26 June 2006–24 September 2006, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague.
Meesters uit het Mauritshuis. Zes eeuwen kunst onder een dak, 28 April 2012–30 June 2014, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague.
Inscriptions Signature and date top right: [Rembr]andt. f 1663

Anonymous, Mauritshuis in detail, as Homer, 107 × 82 cm (42.1 × 32.3 in).
Anonymous, RKDimages, Art-work number 2939, as Homer, 107 × 82 cm (42.1 × 32.3 in).
Anonymous, Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur, Object 20186201, as Homer, 108 × 82.4 cm (42.5 × 32.4 in).
Anonymous ([circa 1900]) Mauritshuis. The Hague. Holland, 's-Gravenhage: De Groot & Dijkhoff, [p. 29], as Homer, with image in black and white.

Homer Dictating his Verses is a 1663 oil on canvas painting by Rembrandt, signed and dated by the artist. It is now in the Mauritshuis, to which it was bequeathed in 1946 by Abraham Bredius, who had loaned it to the museum since 1894, when he first bought it in London.[1]

With Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653) and a lost Alexander the Great (1663), it was one of three works commissioned from the artist by the Sicilian nobleman Antonio Ruffo and remained in his family's collection until around 1750. It is next recorded at a Christie's auction in London on 16 February 1810 as A School Master with His Pupil.[2]

"Homer Dictating his Verses - catalogue entry". Mauritshuis. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
Steele, Gordon Edward (1973). Rembrandt's Homer in the Mauritshuis. The University of British Columbia.


Homer. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

1663, Öl auf Leinwand, 108 × 82,4 cm
Den Haag, Königliche Gemäldegalerie Mauritshuis


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