Self Portrait

RembrandtAround 1628 - Around 1629


Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is one of the first works in which Rembrandt portrayed himself - he was about 22 years old. The light is strong and comes from behind. Rembrandt's face is in shadow and difficult to distinguish. The experimental manner in which the hair is rendered is interesting: Rembrandt made scratches in the wet paint, allowing the undercoat to show through.

Purchased in 1977 from D.H. Cevat (Guernsey), with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Prins Bernhard Fonds, the State, and the Fotocommissie.


  • Title: Self Portrait
  • Creator: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
  • Creator Death Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Creator Birth Place: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Date Created: Around 1628 - Around 1629
  • Style: Northern Netherlands School
  • Provenance: Purchased from Mr. D.H. Cevat, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, 1977, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Prins Bernhard Fonds and the Fotocommissie
  • Physical Dimensions: w187 x h226 mm
  • Original Title: Zelfportret op jeugdige leeftijd
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: See more on the Rijksmuseum website
  • Medium: oil on panel

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