Rembrandt van Rijn, 'Self-portrait

Rembrandt van Rijn, 'Self-portrait

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69)
Self-portrait, Drawing at a Window
1648
Etching (Bartsch 22, State II)
Museum no. CAI 713
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionide

Rembrandt painted and drew a great many records of his own features, now highly prized for their penetrating introspection. This sombre, low-key representation is almost the last of his etched self-portraits. It contrasts strongly with the flamboyant self-image created in the 'fancy-dress' study of almost a decade earlier.