GELDER, Aert de
(b. 1645, Dordrecht, d. 1727, Dordrecht)


after 1685
Oil on canvas, 79 x 64 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The artist, a pupil of Rembrandt, is holding in his hands Rembrandt's etching, "The 100 Guilder Print". It is generally accepted as his self-portrait and as his homage to his teacher, but even if we ignore the fact that this portrait does not show a cross-eyed man - we are told that de Gelder bore his affliction with good humour - the evidence for this identification is flimsy.