Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn)

Self-portrait

About this artwork

In this extraordinary self-portrait, Rembrandt’s direct gaze arrests attention. The effects of time and experience are written on his face, in which he explored the subtle colouring and textures of ageing skin with startling objectivity. The artist left more than eighty paintings, etchings and drawings of himself which record his appearance throughout his career, and reflect something of his changing fortunes. They also confirm his remarkable creative energy even amidst personal crisis. By the time he painted this work, in 1655, he had endured great personal and financial difficulties.

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Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn)

Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn)

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