Rembrandt: Self Portrait
Rembrandt painted, drew, and etched so many self-portraits in his lifetime that changes in his appearance invite us to gauge his moods by comparing one image to another. Such a biographical reading is encouraged by the way in which the artist confronts the viewer directly. Rembrandt painted this self-portrait in 1659 after he had suffered financial failure despite so many years of success. This masterpiece is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.