|Rembrandt - A Girl at a Window 1645 (detail)|
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Leiden, 15 July 1606 – Amsterdam, 4 October 1669) was a famous Dutch painter and artist.
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.
After he success as a young portrait painter, in his later years he had personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, and his reputation as an artist remained high. For twenty years he taught nearly every important Dutch painter.
Rembrandt's greatest creative work is seen in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits are a unique biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.
|Rembrandt - The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and |
Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the 'Night Watch' 1642
Rembrandt painted The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq between 1640 and 1642. This picture was called the Nachtwacht by the Dutch and the Night Watch by Sir Joshua Reynolds because by the 18th century the picture was so dimmed and defaced by time that it was almost indistinguishable and it looked quite like a night scene. After it was cleaned, it was discovered to represent broad day—a party of musketeers stepping from a gloomy courtyard into the blinding sunlight.
The piece was commissioned for the new hall of the Kloveniersdoelen, the musketeer branch of the civic militia. Rembrandt departed from convention, which ordered that such genre pieces should be stately and formal, rather a line-up than an action scene. Instead he showed the militia readying themselves to embark on a mission (what kind of mission, an ordinary patrol or some special event, is a matter of debate).
|Rembrandt - portrait Nicolaes Ruts - 1631|
|Jan Rijcksen and his Wife, Griet Jans ('The Shipbuilder and his Wife') 1633|
An other exemple of Rembrandts' then original way of painting: Married couples, in those days, were usually shown as two separate portraits, with the husband hung to the left (as we look at it, that is on the wife’s right hand), often with some gestures or glances linking the two. Rembrandt has created a composition as if these two portraits are run together into a single image.
|Rembrandt - The Baptism Of The Eunuch 1626|
|Rembrandt - Descent from the Cross 1634|
|Rembrandt - The Syndics of the Drapers' Guild, 1662|
|Rembrandt - The Holy Family with Angels 1645|
|Rembrandt - Musical Allegory 1626|
|Rembrandt - portrait Agatha Bas 1641|
|Rembrandt - The Blinding of Samson 1636|
|Rembrandt - portrait of Maria Trip (1619-1683) 1639|
|Rembrandt - A Girl at a Window 1645|
|Rembrandt - Self Portrait, 1660|
|Rembrandt - Bathing woman, modelled by Hendrickje, 1654|
|Rembrandt - The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633|