Scholar with his Books (1671). Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621-1674). Oil on canvas. Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest.
Eeckhout’s Scholar with his Books gives us no impression of the wisdom evoked in Rembrandt’s portrait of the Old Rabbi. Here we see an industrious pedant whose learning is indicated only by external objects-the books and the globe. The sitter is not shown to be a sage but a burgher. The warm brownish-red and yellowish colours and the manner of painting are reminiscent of Rembrandt’s later style.
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (19 August 1621 – 29 September 1674), was a Dutch Golden Age painter and a favourite student of Rembrandt. He was also an etcher, an amateur poet, a collector and an adviser on art.