The Painter in His Studio
oil on panel, 25.1x31.9cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts

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This is as big a painting as Rembrandt every did. Just as his early self portrait etchings are minuscule in size but have a wicked grangstanding effect, this picture should also be thought of as his Little Big Picture. His letter of introduction, nothing short of a pronouncement on the nature of painting itself. Rembrandt makes the largest possible uterrance witin the least possible space. From the detailed cracks in the wall, to the painter's black eyes, to that dominating oak panel, Rembrandt is involved in something more than drumming up trade. He is showing hmself as the personification of painting: its skill, its discipline, and not in the least, its imagination.

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