Rembrandt - Man with arms (Alexander the Great) Print by Framed_Paintings
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THAT the painting, "The Man in Armor," is variously known as "Mars" and "Alexander the Great" suggests one of the difficulties which historians of art encounter. Possibly the latter is most accurate; for it is known that an Italian nobleman commissioned Rembrandt to paint an "Alexander," only to complain upon receiving it that it was painted on patched canvas. Rembrandt offered to paint another to replace it; and he doubtless did. At any rate, there are two Rembrandt paintings of this subject in existence: the one here reproduced, and one in the Hermitage in Leningrad.
This is not the type of painting that brought Rembrandt great wealth. It was more the painting that he loved, full of dramatic effect, broad and free in the handling of his brush, sometimes somber and brooding.