Portrait: Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker, and draughtsman

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Rembrandt statue and the sculptures of 'The Night Watch' at the Rembrandtplain in Amsterdam © Hippolyte/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rembrandt statue and the sculptures of ‘The Night Watch’ at the Rembrandtplain in Amsterdam © Hippolyte/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, usually simply known as Rembrandt, was a Dutch Golden Age painter, printmaker, and draughtsman. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art. It is estimated Rembrandt produced a total of about three hundred paintings, three hundred etchings, and two thousand drawings.

Unlike most Dutch masters of the 17th century, Rembrandt’s works depict a wide range of styles and subject matter, from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes and animal studies. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural and scientific achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch art (especially Dutch painting) was prolific and innovative.

Rembrandshuis Museum - Kitchen © Hajotthu/cc-by-3.0 Rembrandt statue and the sculptures of 'The Night Watch' at the Rembrandtplain in Amsterdam © Hippolyte/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rembrandshuis Museum in Amsterdam © Marcelmulder68/cc-by-sa-3.0-nl Rembrandshuis Museum © Remi Mathis/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rembrandshuis Museum © Remi Mathis/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rembrandshuis Museum © Remi Mathis/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rembrandshuis Museum © Remi Mathis/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Rembrandt statue and the sculptures of 'The Night Watch' at the Rembrandtplain in Amsterdam © Hippolyte/cc-by-sa-3.0
Rembrandt never went abroad but was considerably influenced by the work of the Italian Old Masters and Dutch and Flemish artists who had studied in Italy. After he achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt’s later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters.

Rembrandt’s portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible are regarded as his greatest creative triumphs. His 40 self-portraits form an intimate autobiography. Rembrandt’s foremost contribution in the history of printmaking was his transformation of the etching process from a relatively new reproductive technique into an art form. His reputation as the greatest etcher in the history of the medium was established in his lifetime.

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