15th - 20th Cent. Masters
Self Portrait with Saskia
Rembrandt has transformed the classic marriage portrait into something more ingenious. This etching marks the first time Rembrandt has depicted himself as an artist at work. He holds a porte-crayon (a two-ended chalk holder) in his left hand, which looks like he has been drawing on the paper before him. By identifying himself as a draftsman, Rembrandt brings attention to his mastery of an artist's most crucial essential skill – drawing.