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Rembrandt van Rijn

Dutch, 1606–1669

"Tronie" of a Man with a Feathered Beret,
ca. 1635–1640
Oil on panel
Acquired by Prince William V, 1768
(inv. no. 149)

The tronie ("face") constitutes a separate category of portraiture. These bust-length compositions were not intended to be likenesses of a specific person, but rather studies or characterizations of certain facial expressions or figure types. Sometimes artists even used their own faces for inspiration, as Rembrandt often did.


  • The gorget: the decorative piece of armor worn around the man's neck
  • The beret: flamboyant and made of ostrich feathers
  • The earring: he wears an elegant gold earring