Ben 0053

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait (Benesch 53)

GB London, British Museum

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'See rembrandtcatalogue.net, Benesch [number], [date of catalogue entry] (accessed [date])'.
For example:
See rembrandtcatalogue.net, Benesch 152, 2 June 2013 (accessed 12 March 2018). For those compiling lists of literature, the date posted (in this case 2
June 2013) should be used as the date of publication.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions expressed by the author are just that - opinions. Formulating opinions about the authenticity of Rembrandt's work (and work by other artists), and perhaps especially of his drawings, is often extremely difficult, and older opinions are frequently revised in the light of new facts or insights that emerge later. No warranty of any kind is attached to the opinions expressed here, except that they constitute the author's honest assessment at the time of writing. I do not accept any liability for damages and anybody is free to disagree with the opinions expressed.
MRK

The above formulation is based on that given in Van de Wetering, 2017 (see Bibiliography), where acknowledgment is given to René J.Q. Klomp (Stibbe Lawyers, Amsterdam) and Ralph E. Lerner (Sidley Austin LLP, New York).

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, 6 vols, 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 or doubted. Once completed, the intention is to publish a new catalogue raisonné in book form, with a new numbering.

Benesch's volumes 1 and 2 (Benesch nos.1-476) are now complete in draught form, more than 500 drawings (because he added extra 'a' and 'b' numbers) 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 under the 'Not in Benesch' tab). Some texts, especially under the Not in Benesch tab, are still rather basic drafts and in every part of the catalogue 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 (please use the 'Contact' tab to send improvements).

The site is best viewed using Adobe Flashplayer 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' and choose the numbers you require.

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

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