Gerrit Dou Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 638

Dou had a lifelong commitment to self-portraiture, often in fanciful or theatrical costume, that he shared with his teacher, Rembrandt. In some cases Dou adopted the guise of an aristocrat, but here he proudly displays the tools of his trade. Dou’s signature device of placing his image within the frame of a stone alcove would be adopted by other artists, as demonstrated by the portrait of Rachel Ruysch in this gallery.

Self-Portrait, Gerrit Dou (Dutch, Leiden 1613–1675 Leiden), Oil on wood

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