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possibly Rembrandt or studio of Rembrandt or attributed to Carel Fabritius

Self Portrait, ca. 1641
Pasadena (California), Norton Simon Museum, [..]
Bredius 1935, no. 32
possibly <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a> or studio of <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a> or attributed to <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/27138" title="Carel Fabritius"><span class="text">Carel Fabritius</span></a>
Illustration number IB00039786
Dimensions: 1789x2342 pixels
License undetermined
possibly <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a> or studio of <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/66219" title="Rembrandt"><span class="text">Rembrandt</span></a> or attributed to <a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/27138" title="Carel Fabritius"><span class="text">Carel Fabritius</span></a>
Illustration number 0000063065
Dimensions: 650x568 pixels
License undetermined
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Object information
Object category
painting
Support/medium
panel (oak), oil paint
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (portrait format) 62,5 x 50 cm
Signature/inscription
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
  • with signature and date center right: Rembrandt f / 163 (8?)
    Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 3 (1989), no. C97: "The vestiges of the final digit, probably an 8, are very close to the descender of the f. The shape of the letters is, so far as these are clearly visisble, inarticulate and so wide compared to those in authentic Rembrandt signatures that the authenticity of the inscription seems extremely doubtful".
Current attribution
possibly Rembrandt
or studio of Rembrandt
or attributed to Carel Fabritius
This painting was always viewed as an autograph Rembrandt until doubted by the Rembrandt Research Project in 1989. They attributed the painting to a pupil of Rembrandt, most probably Carel Fabritius (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 3 (1989), no. C97). This attribution was not followed by Slatkes and Liedtke. For them the attribution to Rembrandt remained undisputed (Slatkes 1992, no. 255; Liedtke 1997, p. 43). In the last volume of the Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings Van de Wetering (re)attributes the painting to Rembrandt (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 6 (2015), no. 172).
Date
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c. 1641 (1635 - 1645)
In the art historical literature the painting is dated variously 1633 (Hofstede de Groot 1907-1928, vol. 6 (1914), no. 576), 1635 or 1637 (Bode 1883, no. 246), 1638/1639 (Van Gelder 1950, p. 327-329). The Rembrandt Research Project dated the painting c. 1641 (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 3 (1989), no. C97).
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IB number
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39786
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  • used as model for

    panel, oval, 63 x 47 cm, Museum of Occidental and Oriental Art, Odessa, inv. no. Zj. 292.

    Shows the figure on the same scale as the original in an oval, with a strong accent on the folds in the shirt collar and a beret standinf slightly taller.

  • used as model for

    panel, 61,5 x 51 cm, dated 1635, presents whereabouts unknown; previously collection Grimaldi (Cadiz), sales Amsterdam 4 December 1912, no. 57 (bought in) and Berlin 5 May 1914, no. 62.

  • used as model for

    panel, 64,6 x 51,7 cm, dated 1934; present whereabouts unknown; previously collection Mrs H.O. Havemeyer, sale New York 10 April 1930, no. 102.

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Creation date: 2000-10-06; Last modified date: 2020-04-22

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