Rembrandt's Mother at a Table, 1631 by Rembrandt

Rembrandt made numerous studies of himself and his family in the form of drawings, etchings and paintings. This etching of his mother was completed just after his father's death when he was only twenty-five. Although perhaps more heavily worked in cross-hatching than he would have used later, it is nevertheless an impressive study of his sitter and evidence of Rembrandt's early interest in etching-an interest he maintained throughout his working life.