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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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A ruined thatched cottage overgrown with bushes - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A ruined thatched cottage overgrown with bushes
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen 1638 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen 1638
Le Combat De Jacob Avec L Ange,berlin 1660 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Le Combat De Jacob Avec L Ange,berlin 1660
Blinding of Samson - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Blinding of Samson
Belshazzar's Feast 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Belshazzar's Feast 1635
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
Supper at Emmaus 1648 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Supper at Emmaus 1648
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
St. Joseph's Dream - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
St. Joseph's Dream
The Blinding of Samson 1636 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Blinding of Samson 1636
Cottage Among Trees 1650-51 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Cottage Among Trees 1650-51
Angel and the Prophet Balaam - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Angel and the Prophet Balaam
Descent from the Cross 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Descent from the Cross 1634
Portrait of the Young Saskia 1633 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of the Young Saskia 1633
The Three Crosses (second state) 1653 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Three Crosses (second state) 1653
David Et Cyrus Devant L Autel De Baal,los Angeles 1633 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
David Et Cyrus Devant L Autel De Baal,los Angeles 1633
Descent from the Cross by Torch Light - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Descent from the Cross by Torch Light
Seated Old Man (possibly Rembrandt's father) - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Seated Old Man (possibly Rembrandt's father)
Portrait of Hendrickje Stoffels - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Portrait of Hendrickje Stoffels
The ramparts near the bulwark beside the city gate... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The ramparts near the bulwark beside the city gate...
Saskia in Pompous Dress c. 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saskia in Pompous Dress c. 1642
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