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Art Criticism Paper: Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self-Portrait October 11, 2005 As a twenty-three year old man sits down to paint his own likeness, he thinks about how to portray his face. As he paints, he uses his exceptional artistic talent to bring forth a face that reveals more than just his skin, eyes, and nose. He hopes that this painting will be appreciated by his peers and patrons; yet, he does not know that in the future, people will analyze this portrait in an attempt to figure out what this face exposes about the painter, himself, and his life. This twenty-three year old man was Rembrandt Van Rijn, a Dutch painter from the seventeenth century. During his lifetime of sixty-three years, Rembrandt, painted upwards of seventy-five self-portraits, more than any other painter of his time. Scholars, historians, and fans of Rembrandt’s work have examined all of these self-images and have determined that Rembrandt used these paintings as a form of self-analysis, though the book, Rembrandt by himself , suggests this may not be true. The image of Rembrandt entitled, Self-Portrait or Self-Portrait with Gorget and Beret , allows for a number of aspects of Rembrandt’s work to be examined, including his painting style as a young man, the clothing that he wears in this portrait, and his motives for painting so many self-portraits. Self-Portrait was painted when Rembrandt was very young, and as a young man, Rembrandt focused on two elements of design that became quite characteristic of his style during this part of his career. The first of these elements is texture. It is well known that Rembrandt was an accomplished etcher as well as a painter, and it is the element of etching that shows up in this self-portrait, as well as in many others. In this particular painting, Rembrandt etched into the SAMPLE ART CRITICISM PAPER FROM A&D 255 FALL 2005
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paint in the areas of his hair and his facial hair, revealing a red under-paint that seems to make
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course A&D 255 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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