Self portrait at the age of 63 (1669) Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn (1606-1669)
- As with most attempts to classify social phenomenon, the uses of art are not always clear-cut.
- Rembrandt in his self portraits at first might appear to be recording his image for future generations.
But H.W. Janson wrote that Rembrandt used the self-portraits to reflect every stage of his inner development experimental in the Leyden years; theatrically disguised in the 1630s; frank and self-analytical toward the end of his life, … yet full of simple dignity.
H.W. Janson, History of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1986) p.530.