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The Prophetess Anna (known as ‘Rembrandt’s Mother’), 1631. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Baroque, Dutch Golden Age, 1606-1669). Oil on panel. Rijksmuseum. 
St Anna the Prophetess, a woman of extreme old age who served God day and night in the Temple, was present when Joseph and Mary brought their son Jesus to the Temple. St Anna “gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Rembrandt shows Anna deeply absorbed in studying the Bible. The light comes from behind her, touching on her headdress and cloak and shining directly on the Bible and her hand pointing to the Hebrew letters.Rembrandt shows Anna deeply absorbed in studying the Bible. The light comes from behind her, touching on her headdress and cloak and shining directly on the Bible and her hand pointing to the Hebrew letters.
It has been suggested that Rembrandt took his mother as his model for the prophetess.

books0977:

The Prophetess Anna (known as ‘Rembrandt’s Mother’), 1631. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Baroque, Dutch Golden Age, 1606-1669). Oil on panel. Rijksmuseum. 

St Anna the Prophetess, a woman of extreme old age who served God day and night in the Temple, was present when Joseph and Mary brought their son Jesus to the Temple. St Anna “gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”

Rembrandt shows Anna deeply absorbed in studying the Bible. The light comes from behind her, touching on her headdress and cloak and shining directly on the Bible and her hand pointing to the Hebrew letters.Rembrandt shows Anna deeply absorbed in studying the Bible. The light comes from behind her, touching on her headdress and cloak and shining directly on the Bible and her hand pointing to the Hebrew letters.

It has been suggested that Rembrandt took his mother as his model for the prophetess.

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