Rembrandt – Dutch painter, draftsman and etcher, one of the greatest masters of the XVII century.
This self-portrait depicts a confident man dressed in Italian fashion of the XVI century. By the way, this particular feature allowed the researchers to draw a parallel between the presented portrait and the works of Raphael and Titian.
Rembrandt saw the painting by Raphael in 1639 at an auction in Amsterdam and even made a picture of it, now kept in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It seems that the artist intentionally refers to his famous predecessors and wants to present himself in the tradition of the great old masters.