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Self-Portrait
  • TitleSelf-Portrait
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on copper
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 15,5 x 12 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 37 x 34 x 7 cm
  • DatingSigned 1630
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, born 1606, dead 1669
  • Depicted PersonRembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, born 1606, dead 1669
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 5324
  • AcquisitionGift 1956 Nationalmusei Vänner
  • Description
    Artist/Maker

    Rembrandt was 24 when he painted this self-portrait. It is executed on copper, a material he used for his etchings. Unusually, the artist has employed a ground of white lead covered with gold leaf, probably to impart a greater radiance to the colours. The self-portrait is painted with fine, careful brushstrokes, typical of Rembrandt’s early works, in which he was still strongly influenced by the fijnschilders (“fine painters”) of his native Leiden.