Sheet of Studies with the Head of the Artist, a Beggar Man, Woman and Child

Sheet of Studies with the Head of the Artist, a Beggar Man, Woman and Child
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
Etching; only state 
plate: 4-1/2 x 3-3/4 in. (11.4 x 9.5 cm); sheet: 4-3/4 x 4 in. (12.1 x 10.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Studies of whole figures and parts of the body are a traditional part of drawing practice. On such model sheets, the artist can sketch several motifs as preparation for depicting a particular scene. Here Rembrandt has used his etching needle much like a pencil, creating schematic impressions of the three forms. A beggar wearing a cap and carrying his begging bowl appears to the left of Rembrandt’s straightforward self-portrait; below his head, and horizontally oriented, a woman stands with her child. The change in orientation of the last two figures indicates that the artist turned the copper plate around as he worked.

Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via email. Requests can also be made by fax or mail.

Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.

Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.

Please fill our our Online Reproduction Request Form or download the Application for Reproduction Permission PDF Form and submit it to the Office of Rights and Reproductions.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (626) 449-6840 x 3300
Fax: (626) 796-4978

Additional Artwork by Artist