No 17th-century artist made as many self portraits as Rembrandt did. This self portrait dates from 1669, the year Rembrandt died, so it may be the last he painted. The expressive freedom of style shows that Rembrandt was certainly not exhausted at the end of his life. The way he painted the face with strong brushstrokes is remarkable. With thick layers of paint that are almost modelled, Rembrandt suggests a man of flesh and blood. This is a true masterpiece.
In his 63 years, Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn painted 88 self-portraits....
Rembrandt continued to use himself as a model throughout his life documenting his aging face through prosperous times and through the financial setback that beset him late in life. The self portraits that he left us are a great legacy to the world. They have much to teach the aspiring painter about how... (https://paintingowu.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/self-portraits/)