Rembrandt van Rijn  (Dutch, 1606-1669) 

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Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669) was a painter and etcher. Known simply as Rembrandt, he is considered to be one of the greatest painters in European art history. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, the Netherlands. At the age of 14, he attended the University of Leiden, but he eventually left school to become an apprentice to painter Jacob van Swanenburgh (Dutch, 1571–1638). Three years later, Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam, where he apprenticed briefly for famed painter Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583–1633).

After only six months, the artist returned to Leiden and opened his own art studio with fellow painter Jan Lievens (Dutch, 1607–1674). By 1627, at the age of 21, Rembrandt began accepting students, including Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613–1675). In 1634, Rembrandt married Saskia van Uylenburg. Between 1634 and 1641, the couple had four children, three of whom died shortly after birth. Saskia died in 1642, not long after the birth of their fourth child Titus, the only child who survived into adulthood. Rembrandt''s drawing of Saskia while she lay sick on her death bed is known as one of his most moving pieces. In the late 1640s, Rembrandt began a relationship with his maid Hendrickje Stoffels. In 1654, the couple had a daughter, Cornelia.

In 1626, Rembrandt produced his first etchings. Then, in 1629, he completed the painting Judas Repentant, Returning the Pieces of Silver and the Artist in His Studio. Many of Rembrandt's paintings depict biblical scenes: The Blinding of Samson (1636), Danae (1636), and Belshazzar's Feast (1635). It wasn't until the late 1630s that Rembrandt began to paint landscapes. During the 1650s and 1660s, his biblical paintings changed from dramatic group scenes to portrait-like figures-such as James and the Apostle (1661). He also painted numerous self-portraits during this time. The best-known collections of Rembrandt's work are at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, including Night Watch and The Jewish Bride. Other collections are on display at the Louvre in Paris, France, the National Gallery in London, UK, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY. His home in Amsterdam is also preserved and displays numerous samples of his work. Rembrandt died in 1669.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter and John Healing The Cripple at the Gate of the Temple

 

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Peter and John Healing The Cripple at the Gate of the Temple
1659

Zygman Voss Gallery
Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Uytenbogaert, Preacher for the Remonstrants

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Jan Uytenbogaert, Preacher for the Remonstrants
1635

Zygman Voss Gallery
Rembrandt van Rijn, Man in a Coat and Fur Cap Leaning Against a Bank

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Man in a Coat and Fur Cap Leaning Against a Bank
1630

Zygman Voss Gallery
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Artist's Mother Seated

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
The Artist's Mother Seated
1632

Zygman Voss Gallery
Rembrandt van Rijn, Die Kreuzabnahme bei Fackelschein

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Die Kreuzabnahme bei Fackelschein
1654

Auction: May 9, 2014
Karl & Faber
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Rembrandt van Rijn, Christus vertreibt die Händler aus dem Tempel

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Christus vertreibt die Händler aus dem Tempel
1635

Auction: May 9, 2014
Karl & Faber
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Rembrandt van Rijn, The Descent from the Cross: The Second Plate

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
The Descent from the Cross: The Second Plate
1633

David Tunick, Inc.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Rembrandts Mutter, mit der Hand auf der Brust

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Rembrandts Mutter, mit der Hand auf der Brust
1631

Auction: May 3, 2014
Auktionshaus Kiefer
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Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Asselijn, Maler

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Jan Asselijn, Maler
1647

Auction: May 3, 2014
Auktionshaus Kiefer
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Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with Face dark: Bust

 

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Self-Portrait in a Cap and Scarf with Face dark: Bust, 1633
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Rembrandt van Rijn, Three Oriental Figures (Jacob and Laban?)

 

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Three Oriental Figures (Jacob and Laban?), 1641
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Rembrandt van Rijn, Faust

 

Rembrandt van Rijn
Faust, 1652
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1606   Born: Leiden
1620   Enters the Philosophical Faculty of Leiden University to study Classics
1622 - 1624   Apprenticeship under the Italy-trained painter Jacob Isaacszoon van Swanenburgh
1624   Studies under Pieter Lastman of Amsterdam
1625   Returns to Leiden, opens studio shared with friend Jan Lievens
1628   Changed to small plates
1630   Moves to Amsterdam
1632   Attempts large plate "The Large Raising of Lazarus"
1634   Becomes a member of the Guild of St. Luke and establishes a large workshop
1642   Paints "The Night Watch"
1642   First wife Saskia dies one year after giving birth to their fourth child, Titus. He will be the only of the four to live into adulthood
1654   Second wife Hendrickje Stoffels gives birth to daughter, Cornelia
1660   Son Titus and wife Hendrickje set up an art-dealing business
1669   Dies in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 4th, leaving the painting Simeon with the Christ Child in the Temple uncompleted