Every week, we highlight an artwork that is part of the collection of The Rembrandt House Museum, or currently on view at the museum. Today we would like to show you this artwork that is currently part of our exhibition Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck: Rembrandt’s Master Pupils: Govert Flinck, Saskia as a Shepherdess, 1636 (Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig).
Flinck had made the painting as one of a pair, together with Rembrandt as a Shepherd which we showed you last week. Although the Shepherdess’s features bear only a passing resemblance to Saskia, as a pendant she represents Rembrandt’s wife. Like him she carries an houlette, but with the flowers on her hat and in her hand, she essentially represents Flora. Flinck even borrowed the motif of the full, embroidered sleeve from Rembrandt’s Saskia as Flora, which he must have seen in the workshop in 1635. Interestingly Flinck left a contrast between the two paintings: unlike his Shepherd, the brown tones and shaded eyes of the Shepherdess remain faithful to Rembrandt’s approach, as does the costume. This was Flinck’s way of showing that he could easily paint in two different styles at the same time.
On view from October 13th in The Rembrandt House Museum and the Amsterdam Museum: the exhibition Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck – Rembrandt’s Master Pupils. Many paintings are coming together from all over the world, from museums and private collections, for this double exhibition in Amsterdam. Some of them will be back in the Dutch capital for the first time since the seventeenth century. The exhibition explores the mastery of Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck in the seventeenth century at two locations that complement one another: training in Rembrandt’s studio versus independence in the art market.