Poster Rembrandt Grand Seigneur

Poster Rembrandt Grand Seigneur , 50 x 70 cm.

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Poster Rembrandt Grand Seigneur , 50 x 70 cm, wrapped in tube.

Self-portrait, leaning on a stone sill (B21), 1639.
Etching and drypoint, state II(2).

Here Rembrandt has depicted himself as a grand-seigneur. The striking pose - body in profile, face turned towards the spectator and left arm resting on a balustrade - is borrowed from 'Ariosto' in the portrait by Titian. At the time, this painting was in Amsterdam, where it was part of the collection of Alfonso Lopez. While he worked on the etching Rembrandt would also certainly have had Raphael's famous portrait of Baldassare Castiglione in mind. That painting was auctioned in Amsterdam in 1639, when it too was acquired by Lopez. Rembrandt did a sketch of it on that occasion. Perhaps here Rembrandt is competing with the Italian Masters, demonstrating his equality with them. A year later he made a painted version of this portrait.

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