Name: The man with the golden helmet.
Artist: Rembrandt van Rijn
Location: Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
The man in this painting may have been Rembrandt's brother Adriaen who was a cobbler in Leiden, but this is not certain. Rembrandt had no shortage of work. As with most of his painting, this one was commissioned by a wealthy Dutch citizen. What makes the painting so curious is a strange visual conflict. We see an old, tired and dejected looking man dressed in an incredibly ornate and victorious looking helmet. The sadness of the face contrasts curiously with the splendour of the helmet. The helmet itself was part of Rembrandt's own collection. This painting was greatly admired by the Impressionists of the late 19th century.