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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Saskia Asleep In Bed - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saskia Asleep In Bed
A bearded Man in a Velvet Cap with a Jewel Clasp - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A bearded Man in a Velvet Cap with a Jewel Clasp
Three Sketches Of The Prodigal Son With A Whore (detail) - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Three Sketches Of The Prodigal Son With A Whore (detail)
Self-portrait With Saskia (or The Prodigal Son With... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-portrait With Saskia (or The Prodigal Son With...
Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp
Descent from the Cross 1634 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Descent from the Cross 1634
Bathsheba at Her Bath 1654 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Bathsheba at Her Bath 1654
The Stone Bridge - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Stone Bridge
A Polish Nobleman - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A Polish Nobleman
The Fall of Man - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Fall of Man
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery 1644 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery 1644
Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son...

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