Self-portrait at the easel

Paris, Musée Du Louvre, INV. NO. 1747
Part of the Rembrandt Research Project Foundation book series (RRSE, volume 4)


This Self-portrait at the easel has received little attention in the literature despite, or perhaps thanks to, the fact that Rembrandt’s authorship has, in our view correctly, never been doubted. It is the first of the late self-portraits in which Rembrandt depicted himself with painter’s tools. He placed greater emphasis on these implements in this likeness than in his other self-portraits, where he sometimes painted them out. This entry focuses attention on this aspect as well as on Rembrandt’s characteristic working method in the production of this painting, which can be easily followed due to the paint surface’s worn condition.


Paint Layer Paint Surface Painted Panel Yellow Ochre Varnish Layer 
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