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Young man sitting and thinking (Petrus Sylvius), 1637 (Etching)

Young man sitting and thinking (Petrus Sylvius), 1637 (Etching)


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Young man sitting and thinking (Petrus Sylvius), 1637 (Etching)

7393393 Young man sitting and thinking (Petrus Sylvius), 1637 (Etching) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); 9, 7 x 8, 3 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; (add.info.: Petrus Sylvius, or Peter Penick (1470-1547), Catholic writer and theologian of the Reformation era.); © Fonds Glenat

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17th Centuries Art Style Baroque Art Baroque Style Concentration Pensive Reflect Reflexion Rembrandt Rembrandt Harmensz Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn Scarf Scarfs Scarves The Author Theologian Theological Theologist Thought Thoughtful 17 17th 17th 17th Xvii 18th Century Catholic Religion Catholics Circa 1600 Dutch Netherlands Early 17th Century Early Xvii Century Hollander Hollanders Netherland Netherlands Holland Dutch Only One Person Seventeeth Century The Netherland Thinking


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In this etching by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, we are transported back to the 17th century, where a young man sits in deep contemplation. The intricate details of his clothing and accessories reflect the baroque style of the era, with his hat and scarf adding an air of sophistication to his appearance. The subject of this print is Petrus Sylvius, also known as Peter Penick, a Catholic writer and theologian during the Reformation era. As we gaze upon him lost in thought, we can almost feel the weight of his intellectual pursuits and religious convictions. Rembrandt's masterful technique is evident in every stroke of this etching. The play between light and shadow creates a sense of depth that draws us into the scene. The artist's attention to detail captures not only the physical likeness but also hints at the inner workings of Petrus Sylvius' mind. This artwork now resides in Fondation Glenat in Grenoble, France – a testament to its enduring significance throughout history. It serves as a reminder that even centuries later, art has the power to transport us across time and space. As we contemplate this image ourselves, it prompts us to consider our own thoughts and beliefs. What questions did Petrus Sylvius ponder? What ideas shaped his writings? In this moment frozen in time by Rembrandt's hand, we are invited to join him on this journey through introspection and reflection.

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