Self Portrait
oil on canvas, 63.5x57.8cm
The Hague

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The details in this painting suggest that this is Rembrandt's last self portrait. The painter looks somewhat older, his double chin has sagged even more, the cheeks are more sunken, and the gray hair longer. The face is older but it does not show signs of mental decline as some earlier authors have suggested. Although parts of this painting have been left at an early stage of completion, the painting as a whole is very impressive. The hat is more like a lopsided turban than anything else. X-radiographs shows he initially planned to give himself a white cap. In several other self portraits, he also painted over this white cap. One gets the impression that Rembrandt painted what he saw in the mirror and then after he decided how to portray himself the cap would be replaced.

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