A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings

The Self-Portraits

  • Authors
  • Ernst Van Der Wetering

Part of the Rembrandt Research Project Foundation book series (RRSE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXIV
  2. Essays

  3. Catalogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-352
    2. Pages 361-370
    3. Pages 371-377
    4. Pages 378-384
    5. Pages 385-393
    6. Pages 394-401
    7. Pages 410-417
    8. Pages 418-428
    9. Pages 440-446
    10. Pages 447-453
    11. Pages 454-459
    12. Pages 460-468
    13. Pages 469-475
    14. Pages 476-485
    15. Pages 486-497
    16. Pages 498-507
    17. Pages 517-525
    18. Pages 526-533
    19. Pages 534-537
    20. Pages 538-540
    21. Pages 541-550
    22. Pages 562-569
    23. Pages 570-577
    24. Pages 578-587
    25. Pages 588-593
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 596-690

About this book


Volume IV of A Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings deals uniquely with the self-portraits of Rembrandt. In a clearly written explanatory style the head of the Rembrandt Research Project and Editor of this Volume, Ernst van de Wetering, discusses the full body of work of paintings and etchings portraying Rembrandt. He sets the different parameters for accepting or rejecting a Rembrandt self-portrait as such, whilst also discussing the exact working environment of Rembrandt and his apprentices. This workshop setting created a surroundings where apprentices could be involved in working on Rembrandt paintings making it more difficult to determine the hand of the master. Van de Wetering, who is one of the Rembrandt experts of our day and age, goes down to great detail to explain how the different self-portraits are made and what techniques Rembrandt uses, also giving an overview of which paintings are to be attributed to the Dutch Master and which not.

In the additional catalogue the self-portraits are examined in detail. In clear and accessible explanatory text the different paintings are discussed, larded with immaculate images of each painting. Details are shown where possible, as well as the results of modern day technical imaging like X-radiography.

This work of art history and art research should be part of every serious art historical institute, university or museum. Nowhere in the art history have all Rembrandt’s self portraits been discussed in such detailed and comparative manner by an authority such as Ernst van de Wetering. This is a standard work for decades to come.


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