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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 Dream of St Joseph 1650-55 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Dream of St Joseph 1650-55
The Return of the Prodigal Son - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Return of the Prodigal Son
The Blindness of Tobit - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Blindness of Tobit
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634
Self-Portrait - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait
Tobit and Anna with a Kid - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Tobit and Anna with a Kid
Old Rabbi 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Old Rabbi 1642
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
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
Christ With Folded Arms - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ With Folded Arms
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641
Portrait of a Man in Military Dress - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of a Man in Military Dress
Self-Portrait 1630s - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait 1630s
A Beggar with a wooden Leg - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A Beggar with a wooden Leg
The ramparts near the bulwark beside the city gate... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The ramparts near the bulwark beside the city gate...
The Pancake Woman 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Pancake Woman 1635
The Sacrifice of Abraham 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Sacrifice of Abraham 1635
Self-Portrait Leaning On A Stone Sill - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait Leaning On A Stone Sill
Predication De Jean Baptiste,berlin 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Predication De Jean Baptiste,berlin 1635
L'Ascension,munich 1636 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
L'Ascension,munich 1636
Musical Allegory - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Musical Allegory
The Mennonite Minister Cornelis Claesz. Anslo in Conversation... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Mennonite Minister Cornelis Claesz. Anslo in Conversation...
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