Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1661

Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1661

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His brow furrowed and eyebrows arched, Rembrandt peers out at us meaningfully. He has portrayed himself as the Apostle Paul, recognizable by the saint’s attributes, a sword and a manuscript. Paul preached Christianity and wrote about salvation through Christ. Is this what Rembrandt is trying to remind us of in this painting? Rembrandt rendered the light on the turban, forehead and book with heavily modelled brushstrokes (impasto).

On display in Eregalerij Apostles Paul Portraits Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

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