Self Portrait as the
Prodigal Son in the Tavern
oil on canvas, 161x131cm
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As early as 1749 this painting was described as a portrait of Rembrandt and his wife Saskia. The young lady looking over her shoulder resembles a silverpoint portrait that Rembrandt drew of Saskia. The smiling man as Rembrandt is less convincing, but it should be noted that the face is abraded and has been retouched. Today's scholars continue to see the painting as capturing a carefree moment in the couple's existence. Although this is a history piece, Rembrandt may well have used himself and his wife as models.

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History Piece, 1626 Painter in His Studio, 1629 Self Portrait in Oriental Attire, 1631 Self Portrait as the Prodigal Son in the Tavern, 1635 Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661