Description of the picture:
Self-portrait of the artist with his wife Saskia – Rembrandt. 1635. Oil on canvas. 161x1Z1
During his life, Rembrandt (1606-1669) wrote many self-portraits. Rembrandt, marrying for love, on the contrary, exaggerated the state of his wife and gained a higher social status.
The painting captures the joy of life, exultation from owning a loved one – components of the emotional state of the painter of this period. The open gaze of the characters, directed at the viewer (it seems that they invite to share their joy of being), the radiant face of Rembrandt, as if having achieved all the blessings of life, is the mood of this canvas. However, the portrait also contains a certain provocation clear to the audience of that time: the artist portrays himself in the image … of a prodigal son, feasting with a courtesan. It is noteworthy that in the Gospel, Luke clearly says: “… he squandered his possessions, living dissolutely.” How strikingly different this “prodigal son” is from the one who returned to his father after long wanderings in the eponymous Hermitage painting!