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

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    UK (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    19th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rembrandt, born 1606 - died 1669 (after, painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:

    CAI.163

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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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

UK (probably, painted)

Date

19th century (painted)

Artist/maker

Rembrandt, born 1606 - died 1669 (after, 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

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kauffmann, C.M. Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, pp. 234-236, cat. no. 293.
The following is the full text of the entry:

REMBRANDT van Rijn (1606-69)
Dutch School
He was born in Leyden; who his masters were is in doubt, though Pieter Lastman (1583-1633) was probably amongst them. His paintings date from 1625 on, and he was the engraver of his own paintings. He moved to Amsterdam in 1631 or 2, and remained there for the rest of his life. He married Saskia van Ulenborch in 1634. In 1656 he became insolvent.

After REMBRANDT

293
SELF PORTRAIT
Canvas
Oval 28 ½ X 23 1/4 (72.4 X 60)
Ionides Bequest
CAI.163

A 19th century copy of the self portrait of 1660 formerly in the collection of Lord Ashburton, now in the Metropolitan Museum (Bredius, The paintings of Rembrandt, 3rd ed., rev. H. Gerson, 1969, no. 54; Long, Ionides Coll., 1925, p. 52, pl. 50.)

Prov. Constantine Alexander Ionides; bequeathed to the Museum in 1900.
Basil S. Long, Catalogue of the Constantine Alexander Ionides collection.Vol. 1, Paintings in oil, tempera and water-colour, together with certain of the drawings. London : Printed under the authority of the Board of Education, 1925.
A. Bredius, Rembrandt : the complete edition of the paintings Revised by H. Gerson. – 3. ed., London : Phaidon Press, 1969. no. 54
Blaise Ducos and Bruno Mottin et al. in Rembrandt: Three Faces of the Master. Exh. cat., Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, 2008, p. 83, fig. 50 (color).
Most recent scholarship on the original (Met) painting

Materials

Canvas; Oil paint

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Self-portraits; Rembrandt Harmensz van Ryn

Categories

Portraits; Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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