Self-Portrait in a cap, wide-eyed and open-mouthed, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Self-Portrait in a cap, wide-eyed and open-mouthed
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Selbstbildnis mit aufgerissenen Augen, Radierung und Grabstichel, 1630, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Selbstbildnis mit aufgerissenen Augen, Radierung und Grabstichel, 1630, The British Museum, London

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Self-Portrait in a cap, wide-eyed and open-mouthed, 1630


Platte / Stein
51 x 46 mm
Inventory Number
6055
Object Number
6055 D
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

This is a small masterpiece of Rembrandt's early etchings. The expression of this physiognomic study made by his etching needle could not be more livelike as the facial expression (perhaps "astonishment") is in perfect harmony with the round shape of the face. Rembrandt knows exactly how to hit every tonal gradation with fine, arching strokes. The Frankfurt copy is printed with a touch of plate tone and shows the unpolished edges of a particularly early print that had not yet been cleared of its saw marks. The 18th century was not able to reconcile this sheet with the dignity of Rembrandt's self-portraits; in Gersaint 1751 and subsequently in Bartsch 1808 it was listed among the general male head studies.

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Self-Portrait in a cap, wide-eyed and open-mouthed
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert und datiert auf der Platte unten Mitte: RHL 1630
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch 320, I/I

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Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)

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25.08.2020