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Collection Online as of July 14, 2024

Rembrandt and His Wife Saskia

Rembrandt and His Wife Saskia

1636
Location: not on view

Description

This self-portrait is the only one in which Rembrandt showed himself with his young wife, Saskia. Both figures appear in formal attire and directly meet the viewer’s gaze. To represent himself, Rembrandt deeply etched the copper plate to create dark and decisive lines, as seen below his collar and on his left wrist. He etched Saskia’s image more lightly, with faint lines that situate her in the composition’s background. Rembrandt may have drawn the image at least in part while sitting in front of a mirror.
  • “Gifts of the Print Club of Cleveland.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 47, no. 2 (February 1960): 28–35. Reproduced: p. 28 www.jstor.org
  • A Lasting Impression: Gifts of the Print Club of Cleveland. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 5-September 22, 2019).
    Generous Donors: A Tribute to The Print Club of Cleveland. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 2-August 4, 1991).
    Prints by Rembrandt and His Circle. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 24-May 25, 1984).
  • {{cite web|title=Rembrandt and His Wife Saskia|url=false|author=Rembrandt van Rijn|year=1636|access-date=14 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1959.81