2010 Cook Islands 3 Ounce Rembrandt Man With Golden Helmet Silver Coin
The painting is on display in Staatliche Museen, Berlin, along with other famous artworks of the Baroque Art period.
As usual in a Rembrandt portrait, this is a combination of keen psychological analysis with a subtle, powerful music of lights and shadows. His faces are always full of meaning and of character, strongly individualized through emphasis on a few distinctive contours. They are never bland, impersonal, regular masks, but bear the marks of experience, thought and feeling, which tempt us to wonder what reserves of personality lie behind them. In this psychological interest Rembrandt is akin to Leonardo da Vinci, and also in his reliance upon soft, mysterious shadows as the basis of his form. There is little range or brilliance of color in either. But Rembrandt had profited by sixteenth century Venetian painting, and knew how to blend his colors with light in a way that Leonardo did not, and so to make the most of what he used. In his own works the shadows are never drab and dead, the modelling never hard and sculptural, the transitions from dark to light never flashily theatrical. Nor does he rely on a beautiful or interesting face to cover up lack of pictorial form.
The obverse of the Cook Islands coin traditionally bears the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Along the rim of the silver coin, there are the following inscriptions: the Queen’s name, the face value of the coin and its issuing country.
Masterpieces Of Art Series
Metal Content: 3 troy oz
Issuer: Cook Islands
Diameter: 55 mm
16 Swarovski Crystals, Presentation Box, Certificate of Authenticity