The timelessness of this 450 years old self-portrait is intriguing. It looks amazingly modern, with its natural colours and unflattering details. Like many artists Johan Gregor van der Schardt workd for the Habsburg emperor Maximilian II in Vienna. Here he was involved in the artistic contest between sculptors and painters: which of the two arts was pre-eminent? The Rijksmuseum Series is an easy way to learn about the most important artworks and historical topics in the Rijksmuseum. Each lavishly illustrated volume introduces a work of art and places it in its (art) historical context. Ideal for anyone who wants to find out more on his favourite artwork in the museum, as a souvenir or gift. English language edition.