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

Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, Rembrandt Harmensz. 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.

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

Collections with this work

RijksStudio

Arjen van der leeuw added this work to Favoriete selfies

yesterday - 39 works 6 0

Martha added this work to Rembrandt van Rijn

May 22 2015 - 23 works 3 0

josefien added this work to Rembrandt van Rijn

May 22 2015 - 23 works 5 0

Make your own creations with this work