Self portrait at the age of 34, Rembrandt, 1640

Self portrait at the age of 34, Rembrandt, 1640
Self portrait at the age of 34, Rembrandt, 1640 - 1

  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: National Gallery (London)
  • Year: 1640

Description of the picture :

Self portrait at the age of 34 – Rembrandt Harmens Van Rhine. 1640. Oil on canvas. 102×80

   Rembrandt is a Dutch painter, draftsman and ofortist, one of the greatest masters of the XVII century.

   This self-portrait depicts a confident man dressed in Italian fashion of the 16th century. By the way, it was this feature that allowed the researchers to draw a parallel between the presented portrait and the works of Raphael (a comparison is asked with “Portrait of Baldassar Castilione”, 1515, Louvre, Paris) and Titian (“Portrait of a Man in a Blue Cloak”, 1510, National Gallery, London).

   Rembrandt saw a picture of Raphael in 1639 at an auction in Amsterdam and even made a drawing from her, now stored at the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It seems that the artist intentionally refers to his famous predecessors and wants to present himself in the tradition of great old masters.