Self portrait at the age of 54, Rembrandt, 1660

Self portrait at the age of 54, Rembrandt, 1660
Self portrait at the age of 54, Rembrandt, 1660 - 1

  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: 1660

Description of the picture :

Self portrait at the age of 54 – Rembrandt. 1660. Oil on canvas. 80.3×67.3

   Rembrandt’s drawing and painting heritage has at least seventy-five self-portraits – a kind of “visual diary”. However, the need to display one’s own life and to constantly physiognomological analysis is not only a sign of an emphasized autobiographical interest or confidence in one’s uniqueness: self-portraits provide an opportunity to explore the reflection of various emotions within the face or allow you to experiment with nuances of posture, manners and conditional gestures. Some of the self-portrait were custom-made, while others were written for the family, but it cannot be ruled out that their considerable amount, especially later works, is a kind of visual autobiography.

   This canvas, the composition of which is quite strict, is one of the few where the artist appears in the touching image of a man who looks older than his fifty-four years.