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Masterclass with Saggaf Alhashmi in Portraiture

Saggaf Alhashmi demonstrates how to make an oil painting portrait inspired by Head of a Young Man with Clasped Hands by Rembrandt Van Rijn


Saggaf Alhashmi was born in 1983 in Al-Ain City, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Saggaf is a self-taught artist. He has been commissioned in UAE and the gulf countries to create various artworks such as murals and large canvas paintings. His artworks have featured in art exhibitions and reside with private collectors and organisations such as the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, the Department of Culture and Tourism, the Martyr’s Families’ Affairs Office, Government of Dubai Media Office, Brand Dubai, Dubai Culture, Cultural Foundation and UAE Embassies.

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi/ Photo Sylvie Van Roey


Head of a Young Man: Study of the Figure of Christ
Holland, Amsterdam, 1648–56
Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden, 1606–Amsterdam, 1669)
Oil on panel
Louvre Abu Dhabi



My concept for this artwork is to illustrate the innocence of the child within us, which is cheerful, optimistic, emotional, happy, and full of joy that spreads and adds beauty to the world.
The best model to represent this concept is my little daughter. In terms of composition and lighting, Rembrandt’s study of the painting “The Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man” inspired my painting.

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi/ Photo Saad Aldin Kharouf
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