Rembrandt created the real pearl of the art “Aristotle in front of the bust of Homer” at a time when he was not recognized in Holland, but revered far beyond the borders of his homeland. Antonio Ruffo, a philanthropist of Sicily, expressed a desire to replenish his own gallery of paintings with an image of an ancient Greek philosopher, and Rembrandt created an image of Aristotle to order.
The sage's robe is a shirt with wide sleeves and a dark vest, a hat - an original hat with huge velvet floors, a medallion on a silver chain is visible on the chest. It seems that the philosopher is a contemporary of Rembrandt and just went into the studio to the artist.
Rembrandt's canvas is a folding portrait, which is very filigree disguised as a plot from history. The main background of the picture is a black curtain and a huge stack of books. The central figure of the painting is Aristotle in a rich robe.
On the canvas, the silhouette of an ancient sage emerges from the gloom. The great philosopher is in thought, as it were, touching the mystery of being and leads an invisible conversation with Homer, whose bust simply shines, illuminating the space and dispersing the twilight.
From the painting "Aristotle ..." does not blow fantastic stories, there are no colorful sketches, it is the embodiment of supernatural. Under the brush of the master some kind of sacrament takes place.
The famous Rembrandt painting depicting Aristotle was part of many collections, it changed its names, but always remained expensive. This is a real pearl of world art, which has always aroused the enthusiasm of the audience and enjoyed incredible success in art circles.
The greatest master of chiaroscuro Rembrandt embodied in his masterpiece of art a huge range of human feelings with a very high emotional richness.
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