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Etchings from Rembrandt

May 28, 2014 | by


Rembrandt, Self Portrait in a Cap, Open-Mouthed, 1630

The Morgan Library has published a rich cache of Rembrandt’s etchings—nearly five hundred of them—in a new digital archive, a remarkable testament to his skills as a printmaker. (He was Rembrandt, after all.) The portraits are especially affecting: here are preachers, gold weighers, print sellers, a woman having her nails trimmed, many men in exotic plumed caps. My personal favorite, above, is Self Portrait in a Cap, Open-Mouthed, from 1630: what a pleasure to see the Dutch Master himself, flummoxed, staring just over the viewer’s right shoulder, from a distance of many centuries.




  1. Asok | May 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    This etching of himself by Rambrandt, from 1630 is so squeaky clean and preserved and looks better even than. If they had a well preserved black and white print of the same. Rembrandt was a real orignal genius no doubt- just look at the expressions on the face in the etching.

  2. Michelle in NYC | May 29, 2014 at 4:00 am

    WOW—thanks! Time for a trip to the Morgan

  3. Mary Ellen Latela | July 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

    A self-portrait is always up for critique, but THIS – Rembrandt staring at the viewer, mouth open as if caught by surprise, is REAL. Fascinating! Where will the exhibit be held; will there be online coverage? Love this!

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