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Self-Portrait with Saskia

This intimate double marriage portrait—a variation on an earlier painting showing the couple in a tavern setting—depicts the artist drawing in the foreground, while his beautiful young wife looks on. Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburgh, the relative of one of his early patrons, in 1634. Unfortunately, domestic bliss was short lived: Saskia died in 1642 after a long illness. It has been suggested that this print was meant as an allegory of art brought forth by love, rather than simply a domestic scene.

Rembrandt van Rijn
Dutch, 1606–1669
Self-Portrait with Saskia
Etching on paper
Image/plate: 4 1/8 x 3 5/8 in. (10.5 x 9.2 cm); sheet: 5 3/8 x 4 ¾ in. (13.6 x 12.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.44.1