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Rembrandt produced around 80 self-portraits during his 40-year career. This is one of his last, painted in c.1665, four years before his death. He presents himself as an artist confident in the legacy of his work, with the tools of his trade – brushes, palette and mahlstick (used to steady his hand whilst painting). The expressive diversity of his brushwork is masterful and creates a richly textured surface. Rembrandt was well known for using elaborate costumes in his portraiture. Here he wears simple studio attire: a fur-lined ‘tabard’, popular with artists since the Renaissance, a crimson doublet with a linen undershirt and a plain linen cap. Rembrandt’s latter years were marred by devastating losses and financial struggle. By the time this portrait was painted, he was bankrupt, had been forced to sell his home and art collection, and to avoid creditors, was working under his son’s name.

English Heritage, Kenwood



Self Portrait with Two Circles




oil on canvas


H 143.5 x W 125.2 cm

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Iveagh Bequest, 1929

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