Art, Art Museums, Museum Exhibitions

The Great Rembrandt Self-Portrait from Kenwood House now on View at The Metropolitan Museum

Source: Metropolitan Museum.  By special arrangement, Rembrandt’s great “Portrait of the Artist” (ca. 1665), which has never before traveled outside Europe, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from early April through late May, 2012. Kenwood House, the London museum that owns the painting, will close in April 2012 for renovations.

This great canvas will hang near the Metropolitan Museum’s own Self-Portrait by Rembrandt of 1660, providing a rare opportunity to compare the two works which, although close in date, are utterly different in scale, format, and expression. Both were painted during a period of economic difficulties for the artist. The loan will also be an occasion for the Museum to bring together in one gallery the late Rembrandts from the collection.

Grand in size, “Portrait of the Artist” is unique in showing the artist in work clothes holding his painter’s palette, brushes, and maulstick before two circles inscribed on the wall behind him; and it is also referred sometimes as “Self Portrait with Two Circles“.
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Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam). Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1663–65. Oil on canvas; 45 x 37 in. English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood), London

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oil on canvas, 31 5/8 x 26 1/2 in. (80.3 x 67.3 cm), Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

There’s another exciting comparison to be made by travelling a little farther afield, down Fifth Avenue to the Frick Collection, to visit the monumental 1658 self-portrait — Rembrandt’s largest.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, Frick Collection, New York City

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The loan is also an occasion for the Museum to bring together in one gallery the late Rembrandts from the collection, including Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653), Hendricke Stoffels (mid-1650s), The Standard Bearer (1654), and Woman with a Pink (ca. 1660-64).

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One thought on “The Great Rembrandt Self-Portrait from Kenwood House now on View at The Metropolitan Museum

  1. I love this painting. So glad that New Yorkers and visitors will get a chance to view it!

    Posted by jan0eliz | April 7, 2012, 9:16 am

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