Rembrandt was an innovative and prolific artist in three media , generally regarded as one of the greatest visual artists in art history and the most important in the history of Dutch art. His contributions to art came at a time of great wealth and cultural achievement known as the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch art (especially Dutch painting) was extremely prolific and innovative although in many ways contrary to the Baroque style that dominated Europe and spawned important new genres.
Rembrandt was a youthful success as a portrait painter, but his subsequent years were marked by personal tragedy and financial difficulties but his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his life, his reputation as an artist remained high and he trained several prominent Dutch painters for twenty years. Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter and printmaker of the golden age of Dutch painting.
Rembrandt van Rijn was a central figure in the Golden Age of Holland, a period of extraordinary creativity, prosperity, military prowess and scientific discovery that occurred in Holland in the 17th century. Born in 1606. Rembrandt was a prolific painter, draftsman and printmaker who left a mark in the visual arts that lasted for centuries.
He was born in Leiden, Holland, and was the ninth generation of the family of Niltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbruck and Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn, the daughter of a baker and a miller, respectively. He began his education in classical literature at a local Latin school and was soon recruited as a student of Jacob van Swanenburg, an artist known for his historical paintings, religious scenes and a number of paintings.
Leiden did not offer much in terms of artistic talent, and in 1624, after working with a local artist for three years, Rembrandt left to study briefly in Amsterdam with Peter Lastman, then returned to Leiden and established himself as an independent artist with Ian Lievens, who despite his youthful success as a portrait painter, his last years were marked by personal tragedy and financial difficulties.
Rembrandt, known for his self-portraits and biblical scenes, is considered one of the greatest painters in European history. Rembrandt was a Dutch painter and printmaker of the 17th century whose work dominated what has since become known as the Dutch Golden Age. About a tenth of his paintings and engraving work consists of explorations of his own face and formal self-portraits, a fact that has prompted much speculation.
Rembrandt, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606, Leiden, Netherlands — 4 October 1669, Amsterdam) Rembrandt was originally painted by Rembrandt (born 15 July 1606, Leiden, Netherlands — 4 October 1669) Dutch Baroque painter and printmaker, one of the greatest storytellers in art history, possessing an exceptional ability to create people in different moods and dramatic forms, which would lead some critics
Rembrandt’s success in 1630 was expressed in the purchase of a large house in Sint-Antonisbrestraat in 1639, which served as the studio for the work and teaching of students and he carried out important commissions for portraits and other works in 1662.
Some ninety paintings were considered self-portraits by Rembrandt, but it is now known that as part of his studies he forced his students to copy his self-portraits. His ability to paint fire and how its light reflects on surrounding objects is likely to have influenced Rembrandt’s later work.
Although Rembrandt received a number of important portrait commissions in the late 1650s and early 1660s, stylistic tendencies moved away from his deeply personal way of painting and it is unknown that a single student, Aert de Gelder (1645-1727), came to study with him in the 1860s. The nature of Van Eilenburg’s enterprise, which was called the “academy”, is not fully understood but it seems that a repressive nature is at work.
Rembrandt received many commissions and attracted many students who came to learn his drawing method, his joint venture capitalized on the growing market for portraits and historical paintings by Dutch artists. He immediately became a leading portrait painter, bringing great subtlety, presence and animation to the genre as well as groundbreaking group portraits. Many students came to the Van Eilenburg “academy” to study Rembrandt’s painting style, including Jacob Baker, Govert Flink and Ferdinand Bol.