Rembrandt self-portrait makes American debut in Pasadena – Orange County Register

Rembrandt’s painting, “Self Portrait at the Age of 34,” on loan from the National Gallery in London, is on display at the Norton Simon Museum Friday through March 5 — the first time it’s been on American soil.

Born in Leiden, Netherlands in 1606, Rembrandt was a well-rounded artist, painting, printmaking and drawing. He lived in Amsterdam from 1631 until his death in 1669. It was there that he created “Self Portrait at the Age of 34” in 1640.

“It is significant on several scores because it was painted at a time when he was very successful, and that’s acknowledged in a number of clues in the painting,” Norton Simon Museum curator Gloria Williams said, referencing his dress and pose.

‘It’s also a time when Amsterdam was the center of the European art market and Rembrandt was a huge collector in his own right,” Williams said, “so he frequented the auctions and he also frequented the growing collections in the city.”

Rembrandt created between 80-100 self-portraits in various media, but there are only two of his “selfie” paintings in Southern California — one at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the other at the Norton Simon. In total, the Norton Simon has three Rembrandt paintings and nearly 300 of his other works on paper.

The loan of  “Self Portrait at the Age of 34” was made possible through a lending program the Norton Simon has with several institutions. Most recently, the venue hosted Van Gogh’s “Bedroom” from the Art Institute of Chicago and earlier in the year it lent the National Gallery in London “Repentant Magdalene” by Guido…

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