Analects of the Core: Rembrandt’s self-portrait at age 34

Tomorrow afternoon, the students of CC201 will attend a lecture by Prof. Michael Zell on the art of Dutch master Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. In acknowledgment of this artful inclusion of painting in the second-year Humanities, today’s Analect — suggested by Tom Farndon (Core ’10, CAS ’12) — is an image rather than a text quote.


(Self-portrait at the age of 34, by Rembrandt, 1640, oil on canvas, 102 x 80 cm, National Gallery, London.) Tom writes: “Rembrandt was very well known for his etchings, but even more so for his devotion to portraying a true interpretation of himself in his self-portraits, avoiding vanity and exaggeration. See more examples of his work and find a directory of museum holdings at, a clearing house of information about the artist maintained by independent art historian Jonathan Janson.”

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