Self-portrait with Raised Sabre, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634

Self-portrait with Raised Sabre, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634

etching, h 124mm × w 102mm More details

In his early self-portraits, Rembrandt often practises rendering light or emotions. By contrast, these later ones are more narrative, because he dresses up in imaginary costumes (e.g. complete with an Oriental sword) or in 16th-century attire. With the latter variant, he aligns himself with celebrated 16th-century artists, such as Lucas van Leyden, Titian or Raphael.

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