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Self Portrait as the Apostle PaulSelf Portrait as the Apostle Paul
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Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul

1661
This is Rembrandt’s first and only self portrait in the guise of a biblical figure. The manuscript and the sword projecting from his cloak are Paul’s traditional attributes. Like the other apostles Rembrandt painted in the same period, Paul too is a real, everyday person. By using his own likeness here Rembrandt encourages a direct bond with the saint.
License:
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum
For more:
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-A-4050
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