barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


REMBRANDT HARMENSZ VAN RIJN (1606-1669)

Self-Portrait with Saskia

Amsterdam, 1636

Etching

 

Rembrandt and his wife Saskia are shown in historical dress in this self portrait from the 1630s.

Well known for making self-portraits throughout his life, this etching shows the artist during his most prosperous decade before the tragic death of his wife and 3 of his 4 children. The playful act of dressing up in their intimate domestic environment conveys the relaxed atmosphere brought about by financial security and marital happiness.

Purchased 1939 (No. 39.10)

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