This site is a ‘work-in-progress’ catalogue of all the known drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). It is currently arranged in the order of the last full catalogue by Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt (2nd edition, enlarged and edited by Eva Benesch, London and New York, 1973). The aim is to comment, eventually, on all the drawings that Benesch catalogued as autograph, as well as on any other authentic (or pehaps authentic) drawings that he did not include. Once completed, the intention is to publish a new catalogue raisonné in book form.

Benesch's volume I is now complete in draught form, and much of volume II as well - around 500 drawings out of approximately 1,450 in his catalogue; catalogue entries, mostly short drafts, are also included on a further 79 drawings that were either unknown to Benesch or rejected by him (see the 'Not in Benesch' tab). Some texts are still rather basic drafts and much academic literature still needs to be checked; the opinions expressed are generally up-to-date, though subject to further research that might change them. The text has not yet been professionally edited.

The site is best viewed on PCs and laptops rather than tablets and phones, which occasionally display illustrations and captions in the wrong order for reasons I cannot fathom....beware!

For more details about the project, please click the ‘About’ tab.

For the catalogue itself, please click 'Catalogue'.

Please note the Disclaimer below. This is a not-for-profit resource. All the opinions expressed are the compiler's own and offered freely and without prejudice. I do not accept payment for opinions, as to do so might be perceived as undermining any validity they may have.

Martin Royalton-Kisch

Ben 0053

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait (Benesch 53)

GB London, British Museum

TOTALS: 40,000 at the end of 2015

57,000 at the end of 2016
81,600 at the end of 2017
108,900 at the end of 2018

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