HEEMSKERCK, Maerten van
(b. 1498, Heemskerck, d. 1574, Haarlem)
Self-Portrait in Rome with the Colosseum1553
Wood, 42 x 54 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
In fact the painting is a double self-portrait in addition to the portrait of the mature artist we can see the small figure of the young artist who, twenty years before, made drawings of the immense ruins of the Colosseum.