Self-Portrait leaning on a stone sill, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Self-Portrait leaning on a stone sill
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Selbstbildnis, auf eine steinerne Mauer lehnend, Radierung und Kaltnadel, 1639, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Selbstbildnis, auf eine steinerne Mauer lehnend, Radierung und Kaltnadel, 1639, The British Museum, London

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn: Selbstbildnis, auf eine steinerne Mauer lehnend, Radierung (erster Zustand), 1639, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

Self-Portrait leaning on a stone sill, 1639


Platte / Stein
206 x 163 mm
Blatt
209 x 165 mm
Physical Description
Etching
Inventory Number
5754
Object Number
5754 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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In 1639 Rembrandt portrayed himself as a self-confident and successful artist. Opulently dressed, his beret worn at an angle, he leans casually on a stone wall, gazing openly at the public. He elegantly joins his great predecessors Raphael and Titian by quoting two of their paintings - Raphael's 'Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione' (today in the Louvre) and a portrait by Titian known as 'Ariosto' (London, National Gallery) - which Rembrandt saw in Amsterdam during the spring of 1639. From the Venetian role model, Rembrandt adopted the link between pictorial space and viewing space by means of the arm resting on the balustrade and, from the Roman portrait, the spirited attention focused on the viewer.

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14.05.2024