Tronie of an Old Man by Rembrandt van Rijn is a portrait of Rembrandt’s father, Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn. Harmen was a miller in Leiden.
About the word “tronie” from Wikipedia: A tronie (16/17th-century Dutch for “face”) is a common type, or group of types, of works common in Dutch Golden Age painting and Flemish Baroque painting that shows an exaggerated facial expression or a stock character in costume. It is related to the French word “tronche” which is slang for “mug” or head.
Rembrandt’s family was quite well-to-do and as such, young Rembrandt was educated in the best schools, which his father paid for. Rembrandt’s father encouraged his son’s talent.
To my opinionated eyes, this painting shows Rembrandt’s affection for his father.
Rembrandt resembled his father, if this portrait was accurate, and I think we can assume it was. As an artist, Rembrandt was unflinchingly honest in the portrayal of his subjects, while always managing to show their humanity.
Credits and Attributions
Tronie of and Old Man by Rembrandt van Rijn
Wikipedia contributors, “Tronie,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tronie&oldid=872242306 (accessed March 15, 2019).
Rembrandt and workshop [Public domain]