This self-portrait depicts a confident man dressed in Italian fashion of the 16th century. By the way, it was this feature that allowed researchers to draw a parallel between the presented portrait and the works of Raphael (a comparison with the “Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione”, 1515, the Louvre, Paris) and Titian (“Portrait of a Man in a Blue Cloak”, 1510, National Gallery, London). Rembrandt saw Raphael’s one thousand six hundred thirty-nine at an auction in Amsterdam and even made a drawing from it, now stored in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It seems that the artist deliberately refers to his famous predecessors and wants to introduce himself in the tradition of the great old masters.
Description of the picture:
Self-portrait at the age of thirty-four – Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. 1640. Oil on canvas. 102×80 Rembrandt is a Dutch painter, draftsman and etcher, one of the greatest masters of the 17th century.