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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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  • artists - People who produce work in the visual arts. For those in the performing arts, see "performing artists."
  • Dutch - Refers to the culture of the modern nation of the Netherlands, or in general to cultures that have occupied the same area in northwestern Europe along the North Sea. It is often used to distinguish the culture of the northern historic Netherlands from "Flemish," which is the culture of the southern Netherlands or Flanders. It may also be used to refer in general to the culture of Germanic or Teutonic peoples; however, this meaning is seldom found in modern texts.
  • portraits - Representations of real individuals that are intended to capture a known or supposed likeness, usually including the face of the person. For representations intended to be anonymous, or of fictional or mythological characters, see "figures (representations)."

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Rembrandt's Return: A Complement of Prints Allentown Art Museum , Nov 20, 2021 – Mar 27, 2021
  • Mirrors and Masks: Reflections and Constructions of the Self Bryn Mawr College , Mar 23, 2017 – Jun 4, 2017
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
  • Treasures - Reunion 2007 Bryn Mawr College , Jun 2, 2007 – Jun 2, 2007
  • Rembrandt Etchings Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College , Feb 20, 2002 – Dec 8, 2002
    • Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College 2/20/2002 - 7/31/2002
    • Lebanon Valley College Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery 3/1/2002 - 3/14/2002
    • Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College 8/9/2002 - 10/11/2002
    • Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College 10/24/2002 - 12/8/2002

  • A Century Affirmed in the Bryn Mawr College Collections Bryn Mawr College , Apr 18, 1984 – Dec 7, 1984

  • Plate Dimensions: 7 x 5 in. (17.78 x 12.7 cm)

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Svetlana Alpers, Rembrandt: A Series of Four Lectures. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 1985
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Pierpont Morgan Library. Rembrandt Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pierpont Morgan Library. Boston, MA, 1969
    Page Number: 23-27
  • Marianne Hansen and Emily Croll. Worlds to Discover. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
    Page Number: 24
  • Carrie Robbins and Steven Z. Levine. Mirrors & Masks. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, March, 2017
    Page Number: 45, Figure Number: 22

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