Small self-portrait

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, INV. NO. 414
Part of the Rembrandt Research Project Foundation book series (RRSE, volume 4)


This painting — henceforth called the Small self-portrait to distinguish it from the two other painting bearing Rembrandt’s effigy in Viema—has received only scant attention in the literature. While its authenticity has never been doubted only, its date has been subject to discussion. An assessment of this (most likely cut down) painting is hampered by its complex material history and relatively poor condition.


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