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Rembrandt, Self-Portrait (Benesch 53)
GB London, British Museum
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.
A free Google app that came with the site
provides basic statistics for visitor numbers.
(NB. I do not pay Google or try to increase
the number of visitors in any way.)
About 10 per day (from March 2013)
15 per day (from April 2013)
20 per day (from July 2013)
40 per day (from August 2013)
45 per day (from March 2014)
67 per day during 2017 (24,600 per annum)
74 per day during 2018 (c.27,000 per annum)
104 per day during 2019 (c.38,000 per annum)**
**2019 was a "Rembrandt Year" (350 years since his death), marked by
several exhibitions, which may account for the higher visitor numbers.
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 here.
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).
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
151,640 at the end of 2019**
QUOTING THIS SITE:
Anyone is welcome to quote from this site. Please acknowledge by writing:
'See rembrandtcatalogue.net, Benesch [number], [date of catalogue entry] (accessed [date])'.
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.