This oil painting on canvas was painted Rembrandt van Rijn in the year 1635, and is currently part of the collection of the Museum from Dresden in Germany.
Rembrandt portrayed himself in numerous works throughout his life, sometimes alone, and other times, like this time accompanied by him.
Rembrandt's Self Portrait with Saskia
All historians who have studied the enormous production of works by this Dutch genius ofBaroque arthave not ceased to be amazed at the high number of works in which he accounted for.
It is customary for historical painters to at least once portray themselves, sometimes included in a scene or as a portrait proper. The reason is that artists, when painting a face, do not only look for a resemblance to reality, but they also wanted the painting of physiognomic features and expressions to allow them to capture the character of that character and his inner world, and without a doubt who he was. best they know for it is themselves.
In this sense, Rembrandt's many self-portraits allow us to know the evolution of his personality over time, and of course to know some of the most relevant episodes of his biography, as in this case the marriage with his beloved wife Saskia.
In fact, in this case it is one of the few occasions in whichthat Rembrandt paints himself smiling and happy, celebrating life, drinking a beer and with his wife sitting on his knees, turning around and as if surprised that they are being painted. Almost as if a photograph were taken of them totally spontaneously during a party, since all the decoration, the luxurious dresses of both characters, the banquet on the table, places them in a moment of celebration.
Actually, Rembrandt not only posed for him many times, so did both his first wife Saskia and his son Titus, whose portrait is supposed to star in his work The Jewish Bride. And later, his second wife, Henridkje, would also appear in his works. Undoubtedly, these recurrent presences of family members are something very common in many painters of all time. On the one hand, it must be understood for economic and comfort reasons, that is, there was no need to hire professional models, they were always willing to pose, and also with them you could experiment with compositions or techniques that perhaps would not be accepted in paid commissions. But also in works like this one, with such a festive character, choosing the wife as a model for the work is also a sign of love and homage.