Art: rembrandt by himself

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A few years ago the Independent on Sunday conducted a poll of artists, curators and art historians in search of "the greatest painting in Britain". The most nominated, by some margin, was Rembrandt's late, great, and rather odd self portrait from the collection of Kenwood House. It is currently on loan to the National Gallery alongside some 70 or so other Rembrandt self portraits gathered from around the world and spanning the life and career of art history's most painted face. He wasn't a pretty man, but his skills were always at their best when engaged in the powerful intensity of self scrutiny.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2 (0171-747 2885) 9 Jun- 5 Sept

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