Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Self Portrait Etching at a Window
Etching and drypoint on paper.
160 x 130 mm
NHD 240, II
Alexandre-Pierre-Françoise Robert-Dumesnil (1778-1864), Paris; Berlin Kupferstich-kabinett (Duplicate); George W. Vanderbilt (1862-1914); from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1905.
Signed and dated in drypoint on the banner upper left, "Rembrandt. f 1648" (in state II).
The new definition given to all elements of the composition results in a sense of greater stability. The look of absorbed self scrutiny which characterized Rembrandt's expression in the first state is now less pronounced. (Boston 1969, no. 7)