The Sheet of Studies by Rembrandt

The sheet of studies in the Barber Institute at Birmingham is not only an excellent example of Rembrandt's versatility, as he has used several different styles of drawing on the one sheet, but also gives a clear insight into his ability to depict character. Probably dating from the latter half of the 1630s, the enormous head of the old man with the plume is familiar, as he is related to the type found in the Chatsworth painting, while the two striking studies of the same head at the lower left have something of the artist's own features in them.