The J. Paul Getty Museum

Self-Portrait with a Folio Volume

Object Details

Title:

Self-Portrait with a Folio Volume

Artist/Maker:

Jean-Gabriel Eynard (Swiss, 1775 - 1863)

Culture:

Swiss

Date:

about 1845

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Object Number:

84.XT.255.62

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Object Description

In this self-portrait, Swiss daguerreotypist Jean-Gabriel Eynard imagined himself as a subject in an Old Master painting. Hunched over the large volume in seated profile, Eynard probably drew upon Dutch painting as a source to create this image. The image of a saint reading occurs frequently in Rembrandt van Rijn's paintings, etchings, and drawings, which Eynard had seen. The debt to this painterly tradition is especially evident in the way the light appears to emanate from the open book.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1984

Michel Auer, Swiss, born 1933, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
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