Rembrandt van Rijn: Self-Portrait with Shaded Eyes

Rembrandt created more than forty painted self-portraits throughout his long and prolific career. This version, completed a few years after he relocated to Amsterdam from his native Leiden, demonstrates the extreme realism and fine brushstrokes typical of Rembrandt’s painting style in the early 1630s. The self-portrait was hidden for about three centuries under another portrait attributed to one of Rembrandt’s many students. In 1995, X-rays of the painting revealed the self-portrait and the master’s signature, which is now, after careful conservation, visible within the shadow cast on the back wall.