excerpt from Late Self-Portrait by Rembrandt
by Jane Hirshfield
...Happiness and unhappiness
differ as a bucket hammered from gold differs from one of pressed tin,
this painting proposes.
Each carries the same water, it says.
Rembrandt painted a great many self-portraits. I rather fancy the one below:
This next Rembrandt self-portrait is Self Portrait as a Beggar from 1630. It strikes me as brave and insightful to imagine yourself this way -- the same water in a different bucket.