Rembrandt's Ghostly Brushes

Rembrandt, Portrait of the Artist, 1665, oil on canvas, 45 x47 inches (courtesy
Rembrandt, Portrait of the Artist, 1665, oil on canvas, 45 x47 inches (courtesy English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, via Met Museum)

Thomas Micchelli writes about Rembrandt's Self-Portrait from Kenwood House, London, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York through May 20, 2012.

Micchelli notes: "This painting is one of the artist's richest and most profound self-portraits, rendered in earth tones softly illuminated by raking, flaxen light. Rembrandt, who would live for only three or four more years, may be staring mortality in the face, but his expression bespeaks stillness and calm, even as his posture – chest forward and arms akimbo — betrays a subtle, ineradicable haughtiness."