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Oil painting - Copy of Rembrandt's 1660 Self Portrait
  • Copy of Rembrandt's 1660 Self Portrait
    Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669
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Copy of Rembrandt's 1660 Self Portrait

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    19th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:

    CAI.163

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a copy of Rembrandt's Self-Portrait of 1660 painted when the artist was 54. The original in the Metropolitan is somewhat larger, rectangular, and depicts more of the artist's torso.

Physical description

A copy of Rembrandt's bust length self-portrait at the age of 54

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (probably, painted)

Date

19th century (painted)

Artist/maker

Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 72.4 cm estimate, Width: 60 cm estimate

Object history note

Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides, 1901
This work was probably painted in Great Britain after the original now in the Metropolitan. The original was in the collection of Admiral William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, London and Mayfield until 1826 and then in the collection of the Barons Ashburton, London until it was acquired by Altman in New York in 1909 who bequeathed it to the Metropolitan.

Historical significance: In addition to the V&A copy there is another, formerly in the Phillimore Museum [Gedenkmuseum Philmore Ives?] in Stellenbosch, South Africa (current location unknown). The work was also engraved by the German printmaker Georg Friedrich Schmidt (1712-1775).

Historical context note

The dozen or more self-portraits that date from each decade of Rembrandt's career vary considerably in composition, expression and technique. In the late examples, the broad applications of paint convey a candid record of the artist's aging features. In the course of four decades Rembrandt painted, etched, or drew about seventy-five self-portraits, whci constitute one of the most personal parts of his oeuvre which inspired pupils, followers and imitators.

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Self Portrait', after Rembrandt van Rijn, 19th century

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Rembrandt Harmensz van Ryn; Self-portraits

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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