Self-portrait (c. 1638-40) by Peter Paul Rubens

Self-portrait - Peter Paul Rubens - c.1620

Artwork Information

ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions41 x 34 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Self-portrait

The artwork in question is a self-portrait by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, dating from approximately 1620. Created using oil on panel, this intimate piece measures 41 by 34 centimeters and exemplifies the dramatic and emotive characteristics of the Baroque art movement. This self-portrait is part of the collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The self-portrait displays Rubens with a searching gaze directed towards the viewer, capturing a sense of introspection and self-reflection. His head is slightly tilted, and his eyes are thoughtfully set, providing a window into the artist’s psyche. The work showcases Rubens’ skillful use of chiaroscuro to model his facial features, a hallmark of Baroque painting which adds depth and dimension to the work. His beard and hair are rendered with free, fluid strokes, demonstrating both vigor and a mastery of the medium. The warm, golden-brown palette suggests the ambient lighting of the period, while also emphasizing the various textures of skin and hair. The overall impression is one of a confident artist, fully aware of his abilities and place in the world, yet engaged in a moment of contemplation.

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