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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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Descent from the Cross 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Descent from the Cross 1634
Portrait of a Boy Presumed to be the Artists Son Titus - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of a Boy Presumed to be the Artists Son Titus
Portrait of a Man in an Oriental Costume - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of a Man in an Oriental Costume
The Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1669
Hendrickje at an Open Door 1656 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Hendrickje at an Open Door 1656
Self-Portrait, Staring 1630 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait, Staring 1630
Saskia in Pompous Dress c. 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saskia in Pompous Dress c. 1642
Dr Ephraim Bueno, Jewish Physician and Writer - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Dr Ephraim Bueno, Jewish Physician and Writer
Blinding of Samson - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Blinding of Samson
Le Christ Entre Deux Larrons,louvre 1653 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Le Christ Entre Deux Larrons,louvre 1653
Belshazzar's Feast 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Belshazzar's Feast 1635
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen 1638 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen 1638
Supper at Emmaus 1648 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Supper at Emmaus 1648
The Flayed Ox 1655 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Flayed Ox 1655
La Resurrection De Lazare,los Angeles 1631 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
La Resurrection De Lazare,los Angeles 1631
The Three Crosses (second state) 1653 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Three Crosses (second state) 1653
Le Combat De Jacob Avec L Ange,berlin 1660 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Le Combat De Jacob Avec L Ange,berlin 1660
The ramparts near the bulwark beside the city gate... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The ramparts near the bulwark beside the city gate...
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 1653 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 1653
Apostle Paul 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Apostle Paul 1635
The Ascension Of Christ - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Ascension Of Christ
The Blinding of Samson 1636 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Blinding of Samson 1636
Angel and the Prophet Balaam - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Angel and the Prophet Balaam
Cottage Among Trees 1650-51 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Cottage Among Trees 1650-51
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