Titus van Rijn (?), the Artist’s Son, Reading

about 1656/57, Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn



Titus van Rijn (?), the Artist’s Son, Reading

Born in 1641, Titus was the only one of Rembrandt’s four children by his first wife, Saskia, to reach adulthood. He died in 1668, a year before his father, whose affairs he had managed. The picture is not a portrait in the narrow sense of the word; the real theme is the intimate situation of reading. The lighting is used as a means of intensifying the expression in the painting: certain parts of the young man’s face as well as his hand and the book have been highlighted against the darkness.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XII

Object data

Object Name





about 1656/57


Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 Leiden - 1669 Amsterdam) - GND




rechts etwas beschnitten: slightly cut on the right: 71,5 cm × 64,5 cm
Framed: 92 cm × 86,5 cm × 6,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 410


1720 documented in the gallery


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