Etching, 1 3/4 x 2 in. (Bartsch 2, Rovinski 2, Hind 57). A small etching nearly the size of a postage stamp, also referred to as Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, it was completed in 1633 when the artist was 27 years of age. The small work was affixed to the side of a carved oak cabinet in the Dutch Room beneath Rembrandt’s painted Self-Portrait of 1929.
On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained access to the Gardner Museum. Once inside, they tied up the security guards and proceeded to steal 13 objects, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer, valued at approximately $500 million.The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history.