Rembrandt is best known for popularizing the portrait, particularly the self-portrait. All told, Rembrandt created nearly one-hundred self-portraits, including over forty paintings, thirty-one etchings and about seven drawings
In this portrait, Rembrandt appears to be gazing into the soul of the viewer in a way that resembles a mirror.
“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.