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Learn about Rembrandt van Rijn’s 17th-century self-portrait in this video from the Children’s Video Tour. In this work, Rembrandt painted himself at 53 years old, wearing an artist’s cap and brown painter’s jacket. Strong light spotlights his face, drawing attention to his deep-set eyes, wrinkled cheeks, and furrowed brow. Over the course of his career, Rembrandt painted nearly 100 self-portraits at various ages, and often used his physical appearance as a means to depict his mood. How do you suppose Rembrandt was feeling when he made this painting? http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/tinfo_f?object=79


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