If you ever have the opportunity to see Rembrandt’s portraits in close proximity you will notice that many of them, whilst formally being of someone else, end up having a strange resemblance to the great man himself. I don’t believe that this is a particularly new revelation but as with many things Rembrandt it always come back to the nose.
This morning in my art class we had to chose a portrait to copy/work on and I choose a portrait from Rembrandt’s later period and after around two hours work this was the result. This is little more than the first stab at the painting but I think it is travelling in the correct direction – there is an awful long way for it to go before it would be considered finished. However, art classes have time limits and this was the best I could do in the time.