Rembrandt's Man in Armour is considered to be a masterpiece. It is one of the greatest paintings in Glasgow.
Why is this so – and who is the ‘man in armour’?
This story provides an opportunity to examine in some detail the most celebrated painting in the gallery.
The painting is an iconic image for Glasgow. Because of this it is given an appropriately privileged status through its display and more extensive interpretation.
However, no artist worked in isolation. It is therefore also important to put Rembrandt in context with his followers and contemporaries.