The master of self portraits was a well know portrait artist and often look at himself for inspiration. Rembrandt has over 60 self portraits. Sometimes more than one a year trying to sell himself as a portrait painter.
Not a self portrait, this painting illustrates the physical and emotional distance we have with a typical portrait subject that would have paid Rembrandt. In contrast to the previous painting.
The real attention to detail shows how vulnerable the artist was at this time in his life. We are closer to him, we see the colors in his face. It was a tough time for the artist.
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