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Self-portrait wearing a Hat and two Chains

RembrandtAround 1642 - 1643

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Madrid, Spain

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest masters in the history of painting, as well as a superb and prolific engraver. His distinctive use of chiaroscuro, with strong contrasts between light and shade, and the profoundly dramatic nature of his work, set him apart from other painters. These features are clearly apparent in his self-portraits, such as the one here, which provide a faithful reflection of his changing personal situation, his feelings and his moods throughout his life; almost as though they were a mirror of his soul. Detailed scientific analysis of this panel has confirmed beyond doubt that it is the work of Rembrandt rather than one of his students, and is indeed one of his finest self-portraits.

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