A bead of light on his nose blends into an illuminated smudge made by its reflection. This nose, with wrinkles and warts, is arguably Dutch. It twitches with each breath as a wakeful mitigated snore. The subject returns home after a long day of posing. The painter, still working, has resigned to the memory of the subject. The light from the nose traverses dimly across the cheek, swiftly by the ear, into the dark corners of the room. Had it been daylight still, the light might have leapt out the window, towards the shallow clouds, into the sun.
‘Day behavior’ in men with congenital doldrums have been extensively recorded. In order to investigate all facial and spiritual aspects of his models, Rembrandt employed his infamous ‘bag over the face’ strategy (self-explanatory). Development of bag breath, claustrophobia, and other Golden Age onsets were assessed. The bagged subjects remained willfully anonymous. That the perimeter of their ‘days’ were dramatically reduced was greatly welcomed.
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