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This portrait is one of Carel Fabritius’s final works, made in the last year of his short life. He was apprenticed to Rembrandt between 1641 and 1643 and is generally considered one of his most talented pupils.
The fact that it was a self portrait probably wasn’t considered important at the time. Images of personality types or characters in different professions, known as tronies, were popular and artists would use themselves as models to paint from.
Oil on canvas
H 70.5 x W 61.5 cm