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Rembrandt – Self-portrait with Velvet Barett

Artist

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden. He died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam. Rembrandt, generally known by his first name, counts as one of the most important and well-known Baroque-painting Dutchman. His achievements, according to modern state of information, include around 350 paintings, 300 etchings and 1000 sketches with his main focus being portraits, landscapes as well as biblical and mythological paintings. The order of events in Rembrandt’s life were very moving. On the one hand his successful career and on the other hand his families fate. Rembrandt went bankrupt a few years before he died. He died in poverty.

Artwork

The self portrait with Velvet Barett was created in 1634. At the time Rembrandt was 28 years old. In the same year, Rembrandt married his first wife Saskia von Uylenburgh two weeks before his 28th birthday. She was the niece of Rembrandt’s art dealer came from a rich family. Rembrandt also joined the Lukasgilde in 1634 and could therefore, as a master, train apprentices.

Brief description

In comparison with other artists at the time, Rembrandt painted the most self-portraits. The famous Dutch Baroque painter, painted self-portraits from a young age and carried on until he was old. Rembrandt looks confident as he glances over his right shoulder, looking at the observer through his blue eyes. His mouth a slightly opened as if he were about to speak to us or as if he just turned away from a conversation to look at us. His face looks young, his skin is smooth and his hair is dark blond with curls. He carries a cloak or a coat with a fur collar around his shoulders. He wears a dark velvet beret on his head. His headwear is typical for artists. He consciously picked it, instead of other attributes that would represent his social status. Rembrandt represents himself as an artist by using an almost monochrome selection of colours - brown and beige tones – with his hat being the darkest part of the painting. And without any significant interferences with status symbols or precious clothing, he paints himself – Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.

Genre & Material

Painting of Baroque. Painted in oil on oak wood.

Where can I find this in Berlin?

In the Gemäldegalerie at the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin. To find out how to get there, please click the link below the description.

In comparison with other artists at the time, Rembrandt painted the most self-portraits. The famous Dutch Baroque painter, painted self-portraits from a young age and carried on until he was old. Rembrandt looks confident as he glances over his right shoulder, looking at the observer through his blue eyes. His mouth a slightly opened as if he were about to speak to us or as if he just turned away from a conversation to look at us. His face looks young, his skin is smooth and his hair is dark blond with curls. He carries a cloak or a coat with a fur collar around his shoulders. He wears a dark velvet beret on his head. His headwear is typical for artists. He consciously picked it, instead of other attributes that would represent his social status. Rembrandt represents himself as an artist by using an almost monochrome selection of colours – brown and beige tones – with his hat being the darkest part of the painting. And without any significant interferences with status symbols or precious clothing, he paints himself – Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.

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