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Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch (1606 - 1669) Primary

Self-Portrait Drawing at Window

Etching with drypoint and burin
State: Fourth state of five

7 in. x 5 in. (17.78 cm x 12.7 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: X.301
Geography: Europe, Netherlands
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
Culture/Nationality: Dutch
Rembrandt commanded the field of etching in the seventeenth century, and his range of visual effects, from linearity to complex tonalities, has never been matched. This etching is one of his most famous self-portrait prints, an intimate late-career work that shows the artist in an introspective state, immersed in his drawing and illuminated by the light of a window. Dressed in modest studio attire, he depicts himself without pretence. The dense network of etched lines yields a mass of shadows that blanket the room, in contrast to the soft veil of sunlight illuminating the artist at work. This penetrating and stunning portrait captures the artist's thoughtful persona, not simply his likeness.

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