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  • Peter McGrath asked

    Is it possible to see this painting?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Peter, This Selp-Portrait by Carel Fabritius is visible in display case no. 3 in our public accessible depot. This is one of the most prominent display cases, and you will find it on your right hand when climbing the first big stairs. We also offer the new service of bringing an artwork to one of the study rooms so that you can see it in private, but I am not sure if this will be possible with this painting. You will find more information on our website: https://www.boijmans.nl/en/art-by-request
    Kind regards, Els

  • Boris Krivec asked

    Geachte heer of mevrouw, Tijdens een reis door Nederland kwam ik het zelfportret van Carel Fabricius tegen. Al jaren ben ik in het bezit van een kopie van dit schilderij van de kunstenares Antonia Vogelzang. Ik wist echter niet wie de afgebeelde persoon was. Het is momenteel bij de restaurateur. Naar zijn mening is het een uitzonderlijk goede kopie die het karakter van het origineel zeer goed weergeeft. De sterke penseelstreken en kleurentoepassing gaan veel verder dan normale kopieën. Als u geïnteresseerd bent, stuur ik u graag een foto.
    Boris Krivec.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hallo Boris, Van onze conservator oude kunst (Ruven Suykerbuyk) begreep ik dat u hem ook al hebt benaderd en dat hij inmiddels antwoord heeft gegeven. Hartelijke groet, Els

  • Tom Griffith asked

    What is the size of the self portrait by Carel Fabritius?
    Is it oil on wood,or oil on canvas?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks for your message :)
    The artwork is 65 cm in height and 49 cm in width. Moreover, it is painted with oil on wood.


  • Martin ROYALTON-KISCH asked

    On your site, I can only find 4 lines of text and a zoomable but unsavable imaage of the wonderful Fabritius Self-Portrait! Is there more somewhere else ont the site - measurements, provenance, literature, etc.? Many thanks!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Martin, all these specifications are available on the website if you look under 'show all details'. For additional literature on the painter and this self-portrait I would contact the Nederlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in Den Haag. I hope this helps! Best, Lisa Heinis


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This masterly portrait was once believed to be the work of Rembrandt. But it is actually a made by his brilliant student Carel Fabritius. About ten paintings by Fabritius have survived; the artist died prematurely when his studio in Delft was destroyed by a huge gunpowder explosion in 1654.

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Title Self-Portrait
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 65 cm
Width 49 cm
Artists Painter: Carel Fabritius
Accession number 1205 (OK)
Credits From the estate of F.J.O. Boijmans, 1847
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1847
Creation date in circa 1645
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Van Gogh & Roulin (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Shared Ways of Seeing in Spain and Holland. (2019)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the artist

Carel Fabritius

Middenbeemster 1622 - Delft 1654

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