Self-portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1628

Self-portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1628

oil on panel, h 22.6cm × w 18.7cm More details

As inexperienced as he is, the young Rembrandt does not shy away from experimenting. Here the light rakes his right cheek while the rest of his face is enveloped in shadow. It takes a moment to realize that he is peering out at you. Rembrandt accentuated the curls of his tousled hair by drawing in the wet paint with the butt end of his paintbrush.

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