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Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606-Amsterdam 1669)

A self-portrait in a plumed cap dated 1634

Etching | 13.2 x 10.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 808192

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Rembrandt made 30 self-portrait etchings during the course of his career. Some are ‘true’ self-portraits, in which the artist is the manifest subject; others are imaginative character studies in exotic dress, a well-established genre of Dutch art. It would seem that Rembrandt's fascination with his own appearance extended to trying out different 'identities', seeing whether he became a different person when in a different guise, especially that of another time or culture.