Self-Portrait Etching at a Window
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) Dutch
Not on view
Rembrandt van Rijn
Self-Portrait Drawing at a Window, 1648
Etching, drypoint, and burin
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1920 (20.46.12)
In this iconic image, Rembrandt presented himself, at the age of forty-two, not as an ideal but in a matter-of-fact way, as an artist at work, interrupted with etching needle or pen in hand. The captivating honesty of his direct gaze draws the viewer into the tranquil and dim space.
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