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Samplers checked the quality of dyed cloth. Here Rembrandt shows them at work, distracted for a moment and looking up. One syndic is about to sit, or stand, so not all the heads are at the same level. A clever trick which, with the confident brushwork and subtle use of light, make this one of the liveliest group portraits of the 17th century. Originally painted for the sampling hall (Staalhof), in 1771 it was acquired by Amsterdam’s town hall. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1662

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641). Study Head of an Old Man with a White Beard, ca. 1617–20. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Egleston Fund, 1922 (22.221) #mustache #movember

Style of Rembrandt (Dutch). Young Woman with a Red Necklace, ca. 1645. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From the Collection of Rita and Frits Markus, Bequest of Rita Markus, 2005 (2005.331.7)

Frans Hals (Dutch, 1582/83–1666). Petrus Scriverius (1576–1660), 1626. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.8) #mustache #movember

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (obverse: The Potato Peeler), 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.70a) | "I purposely bought a good enough mirror to work from myself, for want of a model." —Van Gogh #mustache #movember