signed and dated on the sheet of paper: Willem van Nÿmegen Fecit. et / pincit A.o 1686.
Willem van Nijmegen worked in The Hague, Haarlem, and Delft, and specialised in painting and drawing illusionistic 'trompe l'œil' images, particularly of prints. Here he reproduces a Rembrandt etching of a self-portrait, wearing a cap with an open mouth.1 The original print is one of a small group of etchings that Rembrandt produced in 1630, using his own likeness to depict a variety of facial expressions (frowning, laughing and open-mouthed), which could serve both him and his students as models for figures in larger compositions of biblical, historical or mythological subjects.
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