Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
In 1897, the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museums-Verein, a sponsor of the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, purchased the masterpiece “Man in a Gold Helmet” as an original work by Rembrandt. Less than 100 years later, in the 1970s, it came to light as part of the “Rembrandt Research Project” initiated in 1968 that the painting was created by someone close to Rembrandt, but not by him. Since 1986, the painting has literally no longer been considered a “Rembrandt”. But it surely remains a masterpiece.
The picture shows an elderly man wearing a finely-crafted helmet with feathers on his head. The dark background and the only weakly lit face of the man result in the helmet becoming the visual focal point of the picture. The colour of the helmet, its elaborate décor and the strong lighting accents in this area of the painting emphasize the helmet as a valuable part of a military armament. The personality of the wearer is pushed into the background.