Two self-portraits reveal the full spectrum of Rembrandt’s life. "Self-Portrait with Saskia", a young Rembrandt, just thirty years old, etched himself and his bride, Saskia, whom he married in 1634. The newlyweds stare at us while sitting at a table, the perspective is a little awkward but unique in its bluntness against the picture plane. This is more than a study of two likenesses. It is also a playful characterization with both Rembrandt and Saskia dressed in costumes from another era, underscoring an element of fantasy that artists routinely use.


  • Title: Self-Portrait with Saskia
  • Creator: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, b.1606, d.1669), printmaker
  • Date Created: 1636
  • Physical Dimensions: plate mark 4 1/8 x 3 11/16 in. (10.5 x 9.4 cm.), on sheet 4 5/16 x 3 13/16 in. (11 x 9.7 cm.)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Herbert Greer French
  • Type: Print
  • Medium: etching (second state)
  • Accession Number: 1940.458

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