Self-Portrait in a Cap, Open Mouthed
- Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
- Etching; only state
- plate: 2 x 1-3/4 in. (5.1 x 4.4 cm); sheet: 2-1/16 x 1-13/16 in. (5.2 x 4.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Art Foundation
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Art Foundation
This etching, drawn before a mirror, is one of four that the young artist produced in his hometown of Leiden in 1630. As one of Rembrandt’s earliest efforts at recording his own likeness, it is essentially a foil for another purpose: the depiction of human passions. Such studies helped Rembrandt build a repertoire of facial expressions to use in paintings of scenes from the Bible and from mythology. For Rembrandt, studying and recording his own expressions in front of a mirror was practical and efficient. In later years, art theorists such as Samuel van Hoogstraten, who studied with Rembrandt in the 1640s, would advocate this
method as well.
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