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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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Parable of the Rich Man - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Parable of the Rich Man
Susanna and the Elders (detail) 1647 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Susanna and the Elders (detail) 1647
The Baptism Of The Eunuch - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Baptism Of The Eunuch
Evangelist Matthew and the Angel 1661 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Evangelist Matthew and the Angel 1661
Danae 1636-47 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Danae 1636-47
Man in a Golden Helmet c. 1650 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Man in a Golden Helmet c. 1650
Christ Before Pilate and the People - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ Before Pilate and the People
Saskia In A Straw Hat - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saskia In A Straw Hat
A Polish Nobleman - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A Polish Nobleman
Saskia Asleep In Bed - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saskia Asleep In Bed
Adoration of the Shepherds 1646 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Adoration of the Shepherds 1646
Stormy Landscape c. 1638 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Stormy Landscape c. 1638
The NightWatch - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The NightWatch
Diana Bathing, with the Stories of Actaeon and Callisto - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Diana Bathing, with the Stories of Actaeon and Callisto
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife 1634
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery 1644 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery 1644
Self-portrait With Saskia (or The Prodigal Son With... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-portrait With Saskia (or The Prodigal Son With...
The Fall of Man - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Fall of Man
Jacob Caressing Benjamin - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Jacob Caressing Benjamin
The Stone Bridge - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Stone Bridge
Two Old Men Disputing - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Two Old Men Disputing
Repentant Judas Returning The Pieces Of Silver - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Repentant Judas Returning The Pieces Of Silver
The Slaughtered Ox - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Slaughtered Ox
Old man on armchair - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Old man on armchair
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