21 May—17 July 2016

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63

This exhibition has now finished.

We have been selected to host Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 as part of the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour.

Self Portrait at the Age of 63 was painted in 1669 at the end of Rembrandt’s eventful life as one of the leading Dutch artists of his time.

For eight weeks, his masterpiece will form the focal point of our beautifully refurbished European Old Masters Gallery. The painting will be accompanied by a redisplay of our own prestigious works by Lucas Cranach, Giovanni Bellini, Jacob van Ruisdael and more.

Etchings by Rembrandt from Bristol’s own collection will also be on display in the gallery.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) painted and etched more self-portraits than any other artist during the 17th century and Self Portrait at the Age of 63 is one of his very last works. The self-portraits executed in his final years are among his most poignant and challenging. He presents himself in a reflective mood but engages the viewer by looking straight in the eye.

Bring your own mobile device and access extra label information about the paintings here.

Part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour.


Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 is accompanied by a series of short lunchtime talks.

Introduction to Rembrandt’s Self Portrait
Every Tuesday and Thursday between 24 June – 14 July
12.45pm – 1pm
Led by students from the University of Bristol.


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank Gallery Sponsors:

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour is sponsored by:

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