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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The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
The Hundred Guilder Print - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Hundred Guilder Print
The Three Crosses (second state) 1653 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Three Crosses (second state) 1653
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
Belshazzar's Feast 1635 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Belshazzar's Feast 1635
The Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1669
A ruined thatched cottage overgrown with bushes - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A ruined thatched cottage overgrown with bushes
Self-Portrait, Staring 1630 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Self-Portrait, Staring 1630
The Return of the Prodigal Son (detail -4) c. 1669 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
The Return of the Prodigal Son (detail -4) c. 1669
Landscape with a Castle - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Landscape with a Castle
A Young Woman Trying on Earings - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
A Young Woman Trying on Earings
Saskia in Pompous Dress c. 1642 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.rembrandtonline.org
Saskia in Pompous Dress c. 1642

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