Kirsi Eskelinen, PhD, Museum Director, Finnish National Gallery, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki
The Reading Monk by Rembrandt van Rijn, which is at the Finnish National Gallery / Sinebrychoff Art Museum, has now been included in the Rembrandt Database. The Rembrandt Database is a research resource for information and documentation on paintings by Rembrandt or attributed to him. The database is maintained by RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art history) in The Hague and is supported by The Andrew F. Mellon Foundation in New York. The site contains art-historical documentation on more than 600 paintings. In addition to that, it also contains visual and textual material from the technical analysis and treatment of the paintings. Its significance as the leading portal for Rembrandt research is recognised worldwide.
As a practical outcome this marks the first step in the research project on The Reading Monk at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum. All the documentation concerning provenance research, literature and technical analysis has been carefully scanned and new information has been added. Now scholars have free access to all the data concerning The Reading Monk via the Rembrandt Database. We hope that this will also promote international research interest in the museum’s painting.
Database website: www.rembrandtdatabase.org
Featured Image: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, The Reading Monk, 1661, oil on canvas, 82cm x 66cm
The Hjalmar Linder Donation, Finnish National Gallery / Sinebrychoff Art Museum
Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis