REMBRANDT Harmensz. van Rijn<br/>
<em>Self-portrait leaning on a stone sill</em> 1639 <!-- (recto) --><br />

etching, touched with black chalk<br />
20.5 x 16.4 cm (plate) 20.8 x 16.6 cm (sheet)<br />
1st of 2 states<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased, 1891<br />
p.186.5-1<br />

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Celebrating the opening of Rembrandt: True to life, the most comprehensive exhibition of Rembrandt’s work to be held in Australia in over twenty years, the NGV hosts an afternoon of talks that give insight into the artist’s creative innovation.

Sharing the latest research into Rembrandt’s sources of inspiration and working method, including his experimental printmaking techniques and unorthodox painting style, the afternoon will include illustrated presentations by NGV curators and a keynote by world-leading US-based Dutch art scholar Paul Crenshaw, Associate Professor at Providence College in Rhode Island (joining live via video link).

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Support NGV

The NGV’s success is built on the dedicated support of our philanthropic community. An exciting opportunity has arisen to acquire a significant and rare print by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Abraham, Francen, Apothecary c. 1657 is one of a small group of prints made by Rembrandt in the late 1650s, and the addition of this etching would be a superb example of the artist’s powerful late style.

We warmly welcome contributions towards the acquisition of this remarkable work and are grateful for donations of any size. Thank you for your support.

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