Submitted by John Hicks
Portrait of Dirck van Os
Rembrandt van Rijn, ca. 1658, Oil on Canvas
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Patrician eyes, says the brochure.
I see introspective; reserved.
The right, dominant,
does not want to be here.
The left, canny, balancing
judgement. The clothes and
staff are of a man listening
to supplicants; a man who’s
filial duty keeps him here.
Your father, the merchant captain
built this town from his fortune.
Made you mayor. Others
were at sea, trading in the Indies,
seeking a new sea route to China,
exploring the New World.
You are here, posing
for Master Rembrandt.
You will always be here.
Photo Credit: Rembrandt – Portrait of Dirck van Os