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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606 ? October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.

Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardship. Yet his drawings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high and for twenty years he taught nearly every important Dutch painter. Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. The self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.

In both painting and printmaking he exhibited a complete knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt's knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of the Jewish population of Amsterdam. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets of civilization."
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The Prophetess Anna (known as 'Rembrandt's Mother') - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Prophetess Anna (known as 'Rembrandt's Mother')
The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, The 100... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, The 100...
Six's Bridge - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Six's Bridge
Man with Wide-Brimmed Hat 1632-39 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Man with Wide-Brimmed Hat 1632-39
The Tribute Money - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Tribute Money
Old Rabbi (detail) 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Old Rabbi (detail) 1642
St Paul at his Writing-Desk 1629-30 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
St Paul at his Writing-Desk 1629-30
Portrait of Nicolaas van Bambeeck 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Nicolaas van Bambeeck 1641
Seated Man Wearing a Flat Cap - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Seated Man Wearing a Flat Cap
Girl with a Broom - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Girl with a Broom
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634
St. Paul in Prison 2 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
St. Paul in Prison 2
Portrait Of Joris de Caullery - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait Of Joris de Caullery
Self Portrait as the Apostle St Paul - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait as the Apostle St Paul
Self-Portrait - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait
Old Rabbi 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Old Rabbi 1642
The Dream of St Joseph 1650-55 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Dream of St Joseph 1650-55
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641
The Sacrifice of Abraham 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Sacrifice of Abraham 1635
A Beggar with a wooden Leg - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A Beggar with a wooden Leg
The Return of the Prodigal Son - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Return of the Prodigal Son
Self-Portrait (2) 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait (2) 1669
The Sampling Officials - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Sampling Officials
Tobit and Anna with a Kid - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Tobit and Anna with a Kid
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