The Artist's Mother: Head and Bust, Three-Quarters Right

Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)

Date: 1628

Medium: Etching; New Holl. second state of four

Dimensions: Sheet (trimmed): 2 11/16 × 2 5/8 in. (6.8 × 6.6 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.72


The woman in this print appears in several early etchings by Rembrandt. She has been identified since the late seventeenth century as Rembrandt's mother Neeltgen Willemsdr. van Zuytbroeck (ca. 1568–1640). In such early prints, when Rembrandt was still exploring the medium of etching, he was nonetheless able to beautifully capture the woman's age and expression with limited linework.