Self portrait at the age of 34 - Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. 102x80
Rembrandt is a Dutch painter, draftsman and etcher, one of the greatest masters of the 17th century.
This self-portrait depicts a confident man dressed in Italian fashion of the 16th century. By the way, it was this feature that allowed researchers to draw a parallel between the presented portrait and the works of Raphael (a comparison with the “Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione”, 1515, the Louvre, Paris) and Titian (“Portrait of a Man in a Blue Cloak”, 1510, National Gallery, London).
Rembrandt saw a picture of Raphael in 1639 at an auction in Amsterdam and even made a drawing from it, now stored in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It seems that the artist deliberately refers to his famous predecessors and wants to introduce himself in the tradition of the great old masters.