Self-Portrait etching at a window, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Self-Portrait etching at a window
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Self-Portrait etching at a window, 1648

158 x max. 134 mm
Platte / Stein
156 x 129 mm
Physical Description
Etching, dry-point and etching needle
Inventory Number
Object Number
61530 D
Alter Bestand (Sammlungen J. F. Städel oder J. G. Grambs)
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In a 1639 self-portrait Rembrandt adopted the pose of the extravagant parvenu. A decade later, in his last official self-portrait, an etching from 1648, we see him as a serious artist concentrating on his work - probably an etching. He is dressed in a mantle and hat of the kind he wore in his studio. Rembrandt has built up the delicate intermediate facial tones in a layered combination of etching with a burin and dry-point technique. His face emerges from the darkness through the light streaming in from the left.


ASK AN ARTWORK – Fragen an die Kunst: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Mit seinem Blick zieht uns Rembrandt in seinen Bann. Wie hat er diese Wirkung erzeugt? Und was steht da eigentlich auf der Gardine geschrieben? In der Serie ASK AN ARTWORK beantwortet die Kunsthistorikerin Anna Huber (Mitarbeiterin der Abteilung Bildung und Vermittlung) Fragen, die wir an die Kunst haben. Denn während der Coronakrise kommt das Städel zu euch: #StaydelAtHome​ Findet Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijns Werk "Selbstbildnis radierend am Fenster" (1648) in der Digitalen Sammlung: We are intensely drawn into Rembrandt's eyes. How did he achieve this? And what is written on the "curtain"? In the series ASK AN ARTWORK art historian Anna Huber (Educational Department of the Städel Museum) answers the questions that we have for art. Because during the Corona-Crisis, if you can’t come to the Städel Museum, then the Städel Museum will come to you: #StaydelAtHome​ Find Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn's "Self-Portrait etching at a window" (1648) in our Digital Collection:

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