Self-Portrait (1660) - Rembrandt van Rijn

Painted the year Rembrandt was declared bankrupt at age 54, losing his studio, his collections of artwork, his pupils, and his friends. This self portrait is one of his last paintings before dying a few years later. Despite the miserable context of this painting, Rembrandt portrays himself with a look not of dejection or want of pity, but rather of pride derived from a mature self-awareness and acceptance of his situation. The jaunty tilt of his hat almost seems to forecast his ironic postmortem fame despite having ended his career in obscurity.

Dutch Baroque