Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1661

Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1661

oil on canvas, h 91cm × w 77cm More details

This is Rembrandt’s first and only self portrait in the guise of a biblical figure. The manuscript and the sword projecting from his cloak are Paul’s traditional attributes. Like the other apostles Rembrandt painted in the same period, Paul too is a real, everyday person. By using his own likeness here Rembrandt encourages a direct bond with the saint.

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