This composition is rendered with a realism that is typical of Codde, and the utmost care is taken in capturing small details within the scene, from the colors atop the palette, to the folds of the thick clothing, and to the thin strings stretching the canvas on the easel. The coloring employed is also characteristic of his muted palette, restricted to mostly shades of green and brown, which allowed for him to concentrate on representations of light and texture within the scene.
This composition, which can be closely compared to his self-portrait in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam,1 appears to have been both popular and successful for Codde, for he executed a number of versions on this same small scale. Other examples, all of which are unsigned, are found in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg,2 the Hallywlska Museum in Stockholm,3 and in a private collection in New York.4
1. Oil on panel, 30.5 by 25 cm., monogrammed PC, inv. no. 1125.
2. Oil on panel, 31 by 23.5 cm., inv. no. 3502.
3. Oil on panel, 32 by 25 cm., inv. no. B.46.
4. Oil on panel, 33.8 by 25.6 cm. See Rembrandt: Genie auf der Suche, exhibition catalogue, Zwolle 2006, p. 198, reproduced fig. 19.
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