Here we have a Wooden Magnet featuring a Self Portrait by the famous Rembrandt.
Rembrandt van Rijn was 26 years old when he created this self-portrait. Painted with a polish and refinement unseen in earlier self-portraits, his pale face is half-covered in the shadow of a wide-brimmed hat, and he wears a rich, black velvet cloak with gold buttons, capped by a fashionable white ruff. There is no indication of Rembrandt’s occupation as an artist in this portrait; we seem to be simply looking at a fashionable young man proudly displaying his wealth and status. Perhaps Rembrandt painted the Burrell portrait because he wanted to update his image, reflecting his new status amongst the elite in Amsterdam.
When Sir William Burrell bought this painting in 1946, it was the most expensive item in his collection. He presented it to Glasgow the same year.