Rembrandt with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre, 1634

Not on Viewexpand_more

Several things could have inspired Rembrandt's vast program of self-portraiture. There was the urge for self-promotion, the need to satisfy collectors who wanted images of the famous artist, and the interest in self-discovery-the seventeenth-century Dutch idea that one could shape one's character by trying on different "selves." To help him act out his various roles, Rembrandt kept a supply of old-fashioned weapons and costumes for props. The "saber" mentioned in the title existed until he trimmed the knee-length figure down to a small oval. Rembrandt used his own image as the basis for this print but added a wart to his face.

Rembrandt with Plumed Cap and Lowered Sabre
Artist Life
1606 - 1669
Accession Number
black stamp verso, A. Firmin-Didot (L.119); purple stamp verso, F.F. Hansen (L. 2813).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 110 iii/iii; Holl. 23 iii/iii; B.23; M. 48 iii/iii; B-B 34B iii/iii
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.