{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 166037, "URL" : "https://triarte.brynmawr.edu/Objects-1/info/166037", "Disp_Access_No" : "X.301", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1648", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1648", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1648", "Disp_Title" : "Self-Portrait Drawing at Window", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Rembrandt van Rijn", "Sort_Artist" : "Rembrandt van Rijn", "Disp_Dimen" : "7 in. x 5 in. (17.78 cm x 12.7 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "7 in.", "Disp_Width" : "5 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "Plate", "Medium" : "Etching with drypoint and burin", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Etching with drypoint and burin", "Info_Page_Comm" : "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. This print is an etching with drypoint and is the fourth of five states. It is a self-portrait of the artist drawing or etching by a window, and is one of Rembrandt’s most recognizable prints. It is signed and dated 1648 in a scroll at the top portion of the window, although this signature is partially obscured by shading which was added in the fourth state. Rembrandt’s signature was not added until the second state, and the landscape outside the window was not added until the fourth, which aids in identifying Bryn Mawr’s print as a fourth state. This print is Rembrandt’s final etched self-portrait, after a gap of six years. In it he departs from the courtly poses of his earlier self-portraits and depicts himself unpretentiously as an artist at work. He is dressed in ordinary working clothes rather than the elaborate costumes of his earlier self-portraits. His gaze meets the viewer’s directly, but in actuality he is gazing at his reflection in a mirror in order to draw or etch his self-portrait. The provenance of Bryn Mawr’s print includes the collections of Charles H. Ellingwood (b. 1867) a financier from New York, A.G. Theirmann (d. 1860) in Berlin, and the Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin. It was a gift from Howard L. Gray, Professor of History. It was used for the brochure and poster illustration for the 1985 Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr, Rembrandt: A Series of Four Lectures by the renowned Rembrandt scholar Svetlana Alpers, which ran from March 29-April 8, 1985. It was also included in the following exhibitions: "Rembrandt etchings" organized by the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College. Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, March 1-April 14, 2002 Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, April 30-July 14, 2002 Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, August 9-October 11, 2002 Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, October 24-December 8, 2002 'Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College' exhibition, 2010-2011. (Angelique Wille, 4/27/2011) ", "Dedication" : "Gift of Howard L. Gray, Professor of History, 1915-1940", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Dutch", "Creation_Place2" : "Netherlands", "Department" : "Fine Arts", "Obj_Name" : "print", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://triarte.brynmawr.edu/Media/images/X.301_BMC_f_2.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://triarte.brynmawr.edu/Media/Thumbnails/X.301_BMC_f_2.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://triarte.brynmawr.edu/Media/Previews/X.301_BMC_f_2.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/X.301_BMC_f_2.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "31979", "Image_Type" : "", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }