After learning the principles of drawing and painting in his hometown of Leiden, Rembrandt went to Amsterdam in 1624 to study for six months with Pieter Lastman (1632-1583), a famous history painter. After completing his studies, Rembrandt returned to Leiden. Around 1632 he moved to Amsterdam and quickly established himself as the leading artist in the city, specializing in history paintings and portraits. He received many commissions and attracted a number of prominent figures in painting as students who came to learn his painting method.
This painting is highly regarded as a famous self-portrait or self-portrait, the technical and stylistic evidence shows that Rembrandt covered his painting with color mixtures, various pigments, and different layers of paint. But this painting is unusual in that the clothes are executed in a completely different way than the face.
While at that time facial features were drawn and painted very delicately, this painting is completely different. Even the clothes are painted with a variety of bold techniques, but there is no insistence on construction in the clothes.
Rembrandt's portraits generally show different techniques in face and clothing. Perhaps, after posing for this painting, Rembrandt has scored the concept and how to perform it in his mind before being judged by the audience. From the number of self-portraits that Rembrandt painted or engraved and from the many portraits that exist in this regard, this painting seems different and unique.