Self-Portrait with beret and red cloak, ca. 1645
Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, [..]
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Object information
Object category
panel (oak), oil paint
The Self Portrait was painted over another painting, depicting the head of a man (Karlsruhe 1960, no. 23).
upright oval 68,5 x 56,5 cm
Most art historians believe that the painting was originally oval and was made into a rectangle (73.5 x 59.6) at some point in time (Van Schendel 1956, no. 58; Karlsruhe 1960, no. 23). However, the RRP suggests that the painting was originally a rectangle, then changed into an oval, after which it was made rectangular again (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 4 (2005), no. IV 5). A narrow vertical strip on the left-hand side of the oval is a later addition (Van Schendel 1956, no. 58).
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • remnants of signature lower right: Rem
    remnants of a <b> are legible with the aid of infrared reflectography (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 4 (2005), no. IV 5)
Current attribution
This painting is generally considered to be an autograph Rembrandt. Only Tümpel rejected this attribution, stating that it was made by someone from Rembrandt's workshop (Tümpel 1986 no. A 70).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
c. 1645 (1643 - 1648)
In the art historical literature the painting is dated variously but always in the middle or the last half of the 1640s (Karlsruhe 1960, no. 23).
IB number
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Visual documentation
Technical documentation
The RKD manages a collection of technical documentation that has been given to us by external researchers and museums or which stems from the RKD's own research with infrared reflectography. Documentation can be accessed by appointment at the RKD. While not all technical documentation has been entered in the database at present, new data is added on a regular basis.
Entered on: 2000-03-27; Last modification: 2019-05-13


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