‘Self-portrait as a young man’, Rembrandt

12 September 2006 by Billy

Detail from Rembrandt van Rijn's 'Self-portrait as a young man

Curator of Continental European Art Xanthe Brooke‘s picture of the month talk at the Walker Art Gallery for September was on Rembrandt van Rijn’s ‘Self-portrait as a young man‘. A recording of the talk is now available online (mp3/transcript/links).

The painting was in the news earlier this year when the Rembrandt Research Project, suggested that it was painted by a studio assistant, Isack Jouderville, rather than Rembrandt. Xanthe’s talk explains why curators and conservators at National Museums Liverpool don’t believe it is possible to make such a firm judgement at this time.

Xanthe discusses the Rembrandt Research Project, the missing ‘d’ in the Walker painting’s signature, the use of UV lights for looking at disturbances in the paint surface, Jan Lievens and the Royal Collection of Charles I, Penshurst Place, dendrochronology and why Rembrandt painted so many self-portraits.

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