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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606–1669)
Self-Portrait, Drawing at a Window, 1648
Etching, drypoint and burin, state II
Signed and dated, Rembrandt f 1648
160 x 130 mm
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924; RvR 28
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This portrait print, in rare first and second states, is the first that Rembrandt made after the Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill of 1639. Here he cast himself in quite a different role—an artist rather than a gentleman, busy at work in a dark, shadow-filled interior illuminated only by an open window. His expression is heavy with the cares of the world, as he firmly grasps his pen.

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