This morning we shared a detail of an artwork on our social media pages. Did you know what artwork that detail is from? You can see the answer here below: Rembrandt, Portrait of Anna Wymer, 1641 (The Six Collection, Amsterdam).
Anna Wymer was the mother of Jan Six, who was a well-known regent, art lover and even the mayor of Amsterdam for a brief period of time. His mother Anna Wymer commissioned Rembrandt to make a portrait of her in 1641, at the height of the painter’s career. At that time Jan Six was 23 years old and still living with his mother. It is presumably then, that Jan Six and Rembrandt got acquainted and became friends. The portrait of Anna Wymer is now part of The Six Collection in Amsterdam, alongside the portrait Rembrandt made of Jan Six in 1654. In 2005 the Anna Wymer portrait was temporarily displayed at The Rembrandt House Museum as a part of the exhibition ‘Rembrandt: zoektocht van een genie’ (‘Rembrandt: the quest of a genius’).