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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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A bald-headed Man in Profile right - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A bald-headed Man in Profile right
Self Portrait In A Slant Fur Cap Bust - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait In A Slant Fur Cap Bust
Susanna and the Elders - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Susanna and the Elders
The Nightwatch 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Nightwatch 1642
Saint Paul A Sa Table De Travail,nuremberg 1629 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saint Paul A Sa Table De Travail,nuremberg 1629
The Polish Rider 1655 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Polish Rider 1655
Woman Wearing a Gold Chain  1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Woman Wearing a Gold Chain 1634
Christ appearing to the Apostles - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ appearing to the Apostles
Self-Portrait with Lace Collar c. 1629 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait with Lace Collar c. 1629
The Holy Family with Angels 1645 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Holy Family with Angels 1645
Landscape with a Stone Bridge c. 1637 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Landscape with a Stone Bridge c. 1637
Self-Portrait (1) 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait (1) 1669
Bust Of An Old Bearded Man, Looking Down, Three Quarters... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Bust Of An Old Bearded Man, Looking Down, Three Quarters...
The Prophetess Anna (known as 'Rembrandt's Mother') - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Prophetess Anna (known as 'Rembrandt's Mother')
Portrait of the Painter Jan Asselyn - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of the Painter Jan Asselyn
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634
Six's Bridge - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Six's Bridge
Lucrece,washington Ng 1664 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Lucrece,washington Ng 1664
The Archangel Leaving the Family of Tobias 1637 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Archangel Leaving the Family of Tobias 1637
The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, The 100... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, The 100...
Portrait of Nicolaas van Bambeeck 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Nicolaas van Bambeeck 1641
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641
Christ Preaching  ('La Petite Tombe') - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ Preaching ('La Petite Tombe')
A nude Man seated and another standing, with a Woman... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A nude Man seated and another standing, with a Woman...
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