An old acquaintance

Until January1, 2021

Until 1 January 2021, the Collegemaker, one of the side rooms of the Oude Kerk, will house a special painting: the portrait Head of Christ. No golden aureole, no bloody crown of thorns. Christ is depicted here as an ordinary man. Probably a Jewish man from the vicinity of the Oude Kerk stood model. The painting was made around 1655 by Rembrandt, or under his watchful eye, in his studio near the Oude Kerk. There are still many questions connected to the painting. Who is the person portrayed? And to whom does the painting belong? It disappeared during the Second World War and was returned by Germany to the Dutch state afterwards. Who the owners are, is still unclear. Until the end of the year, the painting has a temporary home in the Oude Kerk.

This autumn we will organise a series of lectures on the portrait. Keep an eye on this site for further information.


Head of Christ, 1655, studio Rembrandt. Collection Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed. Photo: LNDWstudio.