No seventeenth-century artist made as many self-portraits as Rembrandt did. This self-portrait dates from 1669, the year Rembrandt died, so it may be the last he painted. The expressive freedom of style shows that Rembrandt was certainly not exhausted at the end of his life. The way he painted the face with strong brushstrokes is remarkable. With thick layers of paint that are almost modelled, Rembrandt suggests a man of flesh and blood. This is a true masterpiece.


  • Title: Self-Portrait
  • Creator: Rijn, Rembrandt van
  • Date Created: 1669
  • Physical Dimensions: h65.4 cm x w60.2 cm
  • Provenance: Sir Joseph Neeld, London, before 1850-1856; Sir John and Audley W. Neeld, Grittleton House, Red Lodge, Wiltshire, 1856 1899; R.L. Douglas Gallery, London; Knoedler & Co, London; Marcus Kappel, Berlin, c.1912-1919; Kappel heirs, Ernest G. Rathenau and E. Ettlinger Rathenau, Berlin, Oxford and New York, 1925 1947 (1925-1940 on loan to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; 1940 1945 Adolf Hitler, Alt Aussee, Salzburg); purchased from the Rathenau family with the support of the Rembrandt Association and private individuals, 1947
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: canvas

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