image: Strokes of Genius: Rembrandt's Prints and Drawings

Self-Portrait Leaning
on a Stone Sill
, 1639
etching on European paper
Rosenwald Collection, 1943

In this assertive image Rembrandt portrayed himself as a Renaissance gentleman. Dressed in luxurious sixteenth-century vestments, a jauntily tilted beret, and a chain and cross, Rembrandt confronts the viewer with a self-confident, penetrating gaze. The etching emulates two famous painted precedents that Rembrandt viewed at auction in Amsterdam — Raphael's portrait of Baldassare Castiglione and Titian’s Portrait of a Man.

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