Hannah and Samuel

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The subject of this picture is probably Hannah teaching her son Samuel, although it has at times been thought to be Hannah at Christ’s Presentation in the Temple. The work is almost certainly not entirely by Rembrandt, but it is possible that it was begun by one of his pupils - perhaps Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678) or Abraham van Dijck (1635/6-1672) - and completed by the master himself. The writing on the two tablets is difficult to decipher, but shows the Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Rembrandt and his pupils would have had first-hand access to such texts.

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Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn)

Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn)