His Own Portrait
By Rembrandt


His Own Portrait
By Rembrandt (1606-1669)
In the National Gallery, London

Rembrandt is the great genius of the Dutch school of painting, and is numbered among the six great masters of the world. In his own style he is unsurpassed, and when, as in the case of this portrait, he challenges comparisons with other masters, his work acquires an added interest for the art lover. Velazquez was a master of portrait painting, which was his speciality. Rembrandt combined this work with subject painting, in both of which he achieved perfection. It is instructive to compare his portraits with those of Velazquez in order to ascertain the manner in which he rises above even that consummate genius. Velazquez was a supreme colourist, and his portraits show marvellous power and execution, but he lacks the art which conceals art, as it is revealed in such perfection by a study of Rembrandt's canvases.

Millais said that "Rembrandt in his first period was very careful and minute in detail, and there is evidence of stippling in his flesh painting; but when he grew older, and in the fullness of his power, all appearance of such manipulation and minuteness vanished in the breadth and facility of his brush, though the advantage of his early manner remained. I have closely examined his pictures at the National Gallery, and have seen beneath that grand veil of breadth, the early work that his art conceals from untrained eyes - the whole science of painting."

His own portrait shows his grip of character and his power of suggesting the personality of his subject. It was painted in 1640.

Rembrandt achieved success at a very early age, but died in obscurity, unhonoured and unsung. It has been the privilege of modern times to rescue his reputation from oblivion and place him upon the honoured pedestal where his genius now rests securely.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

Large files of this public domain print are available at Stock Photos at Songs of Praise
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Online "Name the Painting"










Rembrandt Paintings
Olga's Gallery

Rembrandt Biography
at Olga's Gallery

Rembrandt by Estelle M. Hurll
ebook, read online

Rembrandt
at Wikipedia

Rembrandt Biography and Prints
(Spanish version)

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The Madonna and Child


Sir Edward Coley
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King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid


Sir Edward Coley
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Jean Charles Cazin

Ishmael


John Constable

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John Crome

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Pascal Adolphe Jean
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Theophile Emanuel Duverger

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C.W. Furse

Diana of the Uplands


W.H. Gore

"'Listed"


Peter Graham

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Jean Baptiste Greuze

The Listening Girl


Sir James Guthrie

A Highland Funeral


Frans Hals

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In His Hand


Hans Holbein the Younger

The Ambassadors


Henry Holiday

Dante and Beatrice


Sir Edwin Landseer

Suspense


Sir Edwin Landseer

A Naughty Child


H.H. La Thangue

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Sir Thomas Lawrence

Caroline of Brunswick,
Queen of George IV.

G.D. Leslie

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J. Seymour Lucas

Flirtation


Jean Louis Ernest
Meissonier

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Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus


Jean Francois Millet

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Sir William Quiller
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The Farmer's Daughter


Ralph Peacock

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Rembrandt

His Own Portrait


Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Infant Samuel


Sir Joshua Reynolds

The Strawberry Girl


George Romney

The Parson's Daughter


W. Dendy Sadler

A Good Story


W. Dendy Sadler

Friday


William Small

The Last Match


J.M. Swan

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J.M.W. Turner

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Body of Sir David Wilkie


J.M.W. Turner

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Velazquez

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George Frederick Watts

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James McNeill Whistler

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