c. 1636-38
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
On View

Rembrandt was his own favorite model, and there is no moment in the artist's biography that he did not vividly represent. Rembrandt portrays himself here in the characteristic beret that had been associated with the artistic milieu since the sixteenth century. The chain around his neck was a symbol of prestige awarded to artists, often by a noble patron. The combination of elegant attire and an artist's attributes elevates Rembrandt to the status of a fine artist. This distinction was important at a time when artists were only beginning to realize their social standing among the creative elite.


  • Artist Name: Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
  • Title: Self-Portrait
  • Date: c. 1636-38
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 24-7/8 x 19-7/8 in. (63.2 x 50.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1969.18.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Mary, 2nd Countess of Bradford (?), Weston Park, Stafford, England, in 1735 inventory, case no. 3, item no. 25, by inheritance to her daughter;
Diana Newport Coote (d. 1766, 6th Countess of Mountrath, by inheritance to;
George Damer (d. 1808), 2nd Earl of Dorchester, Milton Abbey, Dorsetshire, held in trust for his sister;
Caroline (d. 1829), Lady Damer, Milton Abbey, Dorsetshire, by inheritance to her cousin;
Henry John Ruben Dawson-Damer (1822-1889), 3rd Earl Portarlington, Emo Court, Leix, Ireland (sale, London, Christie’s, 28 June 1879, no. 89, sold for £1312:10s to);
Albert Levy (sale, London, Christie’s, 3 May 1884, no. 56, sold for £1890 to;
[Martin Colnaghi, London, sold 1884 to];
Arthur Pemberton Heywood-Lonsdale (d. 1897), Shavington, Market Drayton, Shropshire, by descent to his son;
H. Heywood-Lonsdale, Shavington, Market Drayton, Shropshire, by inheritance to his son;
Lt. Col. Arthur Heywood-Lonsdale (b. 1900), Shavington, Market Drayton, Shropshire (sale, London, Christie’s, 27 June 1969, no. 70, sold to);
The Norton Simon Foundation.

Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters

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Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters

  • London, Royal Academy, 1890 to 1890

Exhibition of Pictures, Drawings, Furniture and Other Objects of Art

  • Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1936 to 1937

Exhibition of 17th Century Art in Europe

  • London, Royal Academy, 1938 to 1938


  • National Gallery of Scotland, 1950-08-20 to 1950-09-09

Drie Eeuwen Portret in Nederland

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Rembrandt After Three Hundred Years

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  • Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1969-12-22 to 1970-02-01
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, 1970-02-24 to 1970-04-05

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Rembrandt Portraits

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Encountering the Dutch Likeness: Portraiture in 17th Century Holland

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Rembrandt Etchings

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Additional Artwork by Artist

A Nude Man Standing, Another Seated Rembrandt van Rijn c.1646 (Basan impression)
Beggar Leaning on a Stick, Facing Left Rembrandt van Rijn c. 1630
Beggars Receiving Alms at the Door of a House Rembrandt van Rijn 1648 (Basan impression)

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