Rembrandt Van Rijn

Despite the fact that there are many artists that have been regarded as being one of the greatest, there is a special place in art history for Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. As a painter and draughtsman, he is often credited as being the greatest artist of the Dutch Golden Age. He is also considered to be the greatest visual artist in history.

Rembrandt Van Rijn

Christ Presented to the People

Among the many notable works by Rembrandt, the Christ Presented to the People is one of his best known etchings. It is also known as Ecce Homo, which means ‘Behold the Man’. Essentially, the Christ Presented to the People tells the story of Pontius Pilate presenting the condemned Jesus to the crowd.

The scene is set in a court building, which resembles a typical Dutch town hall. The building behind the terrace is an allegorical building. The building contains sculptures of Justice and Fortitude.

The audience in the painting is made up of people in the clothes of the time, and they are drawn into the picture. The figure in the foreground is a bearded old man in profile, with a shadow. It is the only figure in the picture with a clear shadow.

Rembrandt’s use of light and shadow is exemplary. Despite the subject matter being deemed vulgar by some critics, the handling of light was recognised. In fact, it was one of the main reasons for his standing as a master of the medium.

In his prints, Rembrandt experimented with various techniques. He also repeated the use of drypoint pieces. This method involves drawing lines directly onto a copper plate. These were then scratched into the plate surface. This is different from a wax ground, which produces a soft, pliable texture.

The Christ Presented to the People is a work of art that is estimated to fetch between US$3m and $5m. Rembrandt’s print is represented in many of the world’s top museums.

The work of Rembrandt was an integral part of the Dutch Golden Age, a period of great art and invention in the Netherlands. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time. His output is huge. He produced nearly 2,000 drawings and 300 etchings.


Besides the famous Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn is a well-known Dutch painter. He produced innovative ideas and is considered to be one of the most important painters in the renaissance period. He was also a highly religious individual. His paintings are still revered by many.

Rembrandt was born into a prosperous family in the Netherlands. He received the best education available at the time. His parents sent him to a Latin school in Leiden. He later enrolled in the University of Leiden, but eventually withdrew to focus on art.

Rembrandt’s paintings have been praised for their mastery of light and shadow. His Self-Portrait of 1640 is a good example of this. The painting is a fine example of chiaroscuro. The soft shadows in the painting suggest an active mind.

The most impressive aspect of the painting is the use of golden light. The light in the painting is visible in the dark clouds, the ripped main sail, and the edges of the waves. The painting also features a great use of contrast.

During this time period, seascape paintings were commonplace in visual art. Known as the Dutch Golden Age, this era saw the first attempts at realistic depictions of natural settings. The seascape paintings of this era often emphasized the allure of the sea.

The “Storm on the Sea of Galilee” is the most famous of Rembrandt’s seascapes. This painting has been preserved in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. However, it was stolen in 1990. Fortunately, the painting was restored by the museum in 2006.

The painting is an excellent example of the artist’s ability to portray a religious allegory. The biblical story of Christ calming a storm is clearly depicted in this painting. It is considered to be the first of a series of biblically themed artworks.

Paintings not by the master

Among Rembrandt’s paintings are a number of paintings that have no trace of the artist’s signature. Some of these paintings, especially those on canvas, have been painted by his pupils or others, although the artists’ names and dates are often recorded on the back of the drawings.

During his first years in Leiden, Rembrandt worked with a teacher named Pieter Lastman, who specialized in historical figures and allegorical figures. During his time in Leiden, Rembrandt also studied with Jan Lievens, who was a child prodigy. The two artists teamed up for several years in Leiden, and they produced some of the best works of their time.

Rembrandt and his partner Lievens were at the forefront of Baroque vigor, and they experimented with the consistency of paint and different paint surfaces. Both artists created portraits of Saskia van Uylenborgh, the daughter of a burgomaster from Leeuwarden in Friesland. They also painted a double portrait of her, which has become one of Rembrandt’s most famous works.

In 1636, Rembrandt made a note on the back of his drawing that lists the subjects of paintings that he sold. Rather than indicating that the paintings were drawn copies, he left the dates out of the note. The note shows that Rembrandt was a successful history painter at the time, and that he also sold portraits.

Rembrandt’s style changed rapidly during the 1627-1629 period. He no longer painted large compositions, and instead emphasized paint. He also began to use a fast brushstroke and illusionistic effects.

Rembrandt’s paintings often reflect Dutchness. His work was inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and he tried to create a feeling of movement. He also tried to convey a sense of undefinableness.

Financial difficulties

During the 1640s, Rembrandt had serious financial difficulties. A big part of his problems was due to bad investments. In the first half of the 1650s, he sold off his large collection of artworks to pay his debts. He then remarried. However, he did not have enough money to give his son Titus twenty thousand guilders. In addition, his daughter Cornelia was born on October 30, 1654.

As Rembrandt and Hendrickje became closer, they began to develop a common bond. Their relationship lasted for many years. They were also involved in contentious lawsuits. In 1662, Rembrandt’s composition was rejected by the city authorities.

In 1656, Rembrandt declared bankruptcy. He was able to sell his estate, but his debts left him with little money. In order to make up for his loss, he continued to paint. His paintings remained popular for many years. He was also a well-known portraitist.

In addition to his paintings, Rembrandt also collected armor, Far Eastern art, ancient sculptures, Italian Renaissance works, and contemporary Dutch works. He even studied painting with Pieter Lastman and Jacob van Swanenburgh in Amsterdam. He was also a student of Gerrit Dou.

After moving to Amsterdam, he was already facing financial hardships. He had lost his wife Saskia to tuberculosis in 1642. He also had a child with his maid Hendrickje Stoffels.

During the 1660s, Rembrandt’s financial situation remained poor. He had to rely on his earnings to pay creditors. He hoped to repay his debts by selling his artwork for the Amsterdam Town Hall. Sadly, he had not been successful. He still had to pay his housekeeper 200 guilders a month.

Rembrandt’s financial problems continued until the early 1700s. By the time he died, his estate had been auctioned off.