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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.