Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rembrandt, Self Portraits and Me

Self-Portrait with Shaded Eyes, 1634. Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). Oil on wood; 70.8 x 55.2 cm. Private collection, New York

The exhibition
Rembrandt in America will be at The Cleveland Museum of Art through May 28, 2012, It is a rare opportunity to see many of the Rembrandt pieces that reside in American collections, all in one venue. 

This exhibition and my own art history class made me think about the tradition of self portraiture.  One of the wonderful things about Rembrandt's self portraits are an insight into his biography in which he goes from hedonistic libertine.



To middle age.



To financial ruin and his life on the margins of society.

Alright, I'm no Rembrandt but I did do a series of self portraits and maybe my self portraits give a little insight into me.  At least they helped me to learn something about painting!












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