Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙅𝙚𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙝 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1667)
The painting gained its current name in the early 19th century, when an Amsterdam art collector identified the subject as that of a Jewish father bestowing a necklace upon his daughter on her wedding day. This interpretation is no longer accepted, and the identity of the couple is uncertain.
According to Rembrandt biographer Christopher White, the completed composition is "one of the greatest expressions of the tender fusion of spiritual and physical love in the history of painting."