rembrandt’s gaze

Self-Portrait_MET_DP152808I’ve visited, off and on over the past 35 years, this self portrait Rembrandt painted as an older man. ItĀ hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York.

He has always stared just past my left ear, as if he has something on his mind, sometimes concerned about me, sometimes engrossed in his own thoughts.At times he has seemed wistful, other times melancholic. When I was young, I imagined more than a few times that he was perturbed with me for not putting enough time into the painting studio. His younger portraits were more playful, confident, self-possessed, proud. This one looks resigned to the current situation…whatever it may be. Continue reading “rembrandt’s gaze”