Self portrait with his wife Saskia, Rembrandt, 1635

Self portrait with his wife Saskia, Rembrandt, 1635
Self portrait with his wife Saskia, Rembrandt, 1635 - 1

  • Posted by Rembrandt
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: 1635

Description of the picture :

Self-portrait of an artist with his wife Saskia – Rembrandt. 1635. Oil on canvas. 161x1Z1

   Throughout his life, Rembrandt (1606-1669) has written many self-portraits. The picture captures the joy of life, glee from owning a loved one – the components of the emotional state of a painter of this period. An open look of the characters, directed at the viewer (it seems that they invite to share their joy of being), the shining face of Rembrandt, as if he had achieved all the blessings of life, is the mood of this canvas.

   However, the portrait also contains a certain provocation that is clear to the audience of that time: the artist portrays himself in an image … prodigal son drinking with a courtesan. It is noteworthy that in the Gospel Luke clearly says: “ … he melted his estate, living slutty. ”. Rembrandt, having married for love, on the contrary, exaggerated the state of the spouse and gained a higher social status. This “lullen son” is very different from the one who returned to his father after long wanderings in the eponymous ermitage picture!