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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John the Baptist Preaching - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
John the Baptist Preaching
Portrait of Rembrandt's Mother - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Rembrandt's Mother
Beggars Receiving Alms at the Door of a House 1648 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Beggars Receiving Alms at the Door of a House 1648
Christ On The Cross - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ On The Cross
Self Portrait with a Cap, openmouthed - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self Portrait with a Cap, openmouthed
A Girl at a Window - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A Girl at a Window
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
The King Uzziah Stricken with Leprosy - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The King Uzziah Stricken with Leprosy
Susanna and the Elders (detail) 1647 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Susanna and the Elders (detail) 1647
Circumcision 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Circumcision 1669
Adoration of the Shepherds 1 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Adoration of the Shepherds 1
David Presenting the Head of Goliath to King Saul - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
David Presenting the Head of Goliath to King Saul

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