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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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Girl with a Broom - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Girl with a Broom
Self-Portrait (1) 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait (1) 1669
Self-Portrait with Lace Collar c. 1629 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait with Lace Collar c. 1629
Landscape with a Stone Bridge c. 1637 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Landscape with a Stone Bridge c. 1637
A bald-headed Man in Profile right - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A bald-headed Man in Profile right
Portrait of the Painter Jan Asselyn - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of the Painter Jan Asselyn
Self Portrait In A Slant Fur Cap Bust - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait In A Slant Fur Cap Bust
The Archangel Leaving the Family of Tobias 1637 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Archangel Leaving the Family of Tobias 1637
Lucrece,washington Ng 1664 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Lucrece,washington Ng 1664
Six's Bridge - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Six's Bridge
Bust of a laughing man in gorget - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Bust of a laughing man in gorget
Man with Wide-Brimmed Hat 1632-39 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Man with Wide-Brimmed Hat 1632-39
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 Writer Jan Hermansz. Krul - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of the Writer Jan Hermansz. Krul
The return of the prodigal son 2 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The return of the prodigal son 2
Self-Portrait, Staring 1630 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait, Staring 1630
Portrait of Nicolaas van Bambeeck 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Nicolaas van Bambeeck 1641
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...
Man In Oriental Dress - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Man In Oriental Dress
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...
The Return of the Prodigal Son (detail -1) c. 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Return of the Prodigal Son (detail -1) c. 1669
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait as a Young Man 1634
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 Saskia with a Flower 1641 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Saskia with a Flower 1641
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