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Willem van Nijmegen
A 'TROMPE L'ŒIL' OF A REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT ETCHING, PINNED TO A WOODEN SURFACE
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Willem van Nijmegen
A 'TROMPE L'ŒIL' OF A REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT ETCHING, PINNED TO A WOODEN SURFACE
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Willem van Nijmegen
ZALTBOMMEL 1636 - 1698 HAARLEM
A 'TROMPE L'ŒIL' OF A REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT ETCHING, PINNED TO A WOODEN SURFACE
oil on canvas, unframed

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. 

1 http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=685528&partId=1&searchText=rembrandt+self+portrait&page=3


Unframed: 38.9 x 32 cm.; 15 3/8 x 12 5/8 in.
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