Harmenzoon van Rijn Rembrandt

1606-1669 Netherlands/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn was from Leiden, the name Rijn comes from a tributary of the Rhine named the Rijn, where he spent his youthful years alongside, his real name was Gerritsz. He was three years with the artist Jacques van Zwanenburg before moving to Amsterdam to study under Pieter Lastman on the advice of Jan Lievensz, whom he was to work with back in Leiden. He only stayed six months with Lastman and went on to study with Jacob Pynas, who inspired him to use intense shades of light and darkness.
His first significant sale was in The Hague where he received one hundred florins for a painting. That sale attracted public attention and solicited so much work for him that he made his way back to Amsterdam.
His paintings were in high demand in Amsterdam as was his tuition. Sons of wealthy patrons afforded him one hundred florins a year for his discipline. Joachim von Sandrart maintained he touched up copies of his works done by his pupils which increased their value and gained him an average of two thousand five hundred florins a year.
His later paintings were to have a different style to his earlier works which resembled a class of the Leiden Fijnschilders or Fine-painters with emphasis on detail, his finish was to become more robust and bolder. He became famous with paintings such as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp, which became a sensation.
In 1634 he married Saskia van Uylenborch of a wealthy family. Their first three children died young, and in 1641, their son Titus was born. Saskia died in 1642, the same year he painted The Night Watch. Due to living beyond his means, and complications with Saskia's will, he became bankrupt by 1656. Hendrijke Stoffels became his mistress, and they had a daughter; however, his fortunes were never to recover to the same extent as before.
Among his list of many students or those who later used his rooms at the top of his house were; Ferdinand Bol, Gerrit Dou, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Carel Fabritius, Willem Drost, Samuel Dirksz van Hoogstraten, Aert de Gelder, Govert Teunisz Flinck, Jacob Adriaensz Backer, and Nicolaes Maes.

 

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gerard lairesse

isaac and rebecca

isaac and rebecca

titus

titus

wedding of samson

wedding of samson

The Night watch

The Night Watch

Blinding of Samson

Blinding of Samson

Agatha Bas

Agatha Bas

David and Jonathan

David and Jonathan

Flora

Flora

Anatomy Lesson

Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Tulp

Aristotle

Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer

Abduction of Europa

Abduction of Europa

Christ in the Storm

Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee

Jeremiah Lamenting

Jeremiah Lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem

Girl at Window

Girl at Window

Bust of old Man

Bust of old Man with Fur Hat

Proserpine

The Rape of Proserpine

Balaam's Ass

Balaam's Ass

Titus

The Artist's Son Titus

Haesje v Cleyburg

Hendrickje as Flora

Hendrickje as Flora

Hendrickje as Flora

Jacob Wrestling

Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

Jacob Blesseing

Jacob Blesses the Sons of Joseph

Holy Family

Holy Family

Hendrickje Stoffels

Hendrickje Stoffels

Artemisia

Artemisia

Susanna

Susanna and the Elders

Jan six

Jan six

Assuerus and Esther

Assuerus Haman and Esther

Belshazzar's Feast

Belshazzar's Feast

Lazarus

Lazarus

Wtenbogaert

Johannes Wtenbogaert

Bather

Bather

The Rich Man

Parable of the Rich Man

Minerva

Minerva

Moses

Moses with the Ten Commandments

Syndics

Syndics of the Amsterdam Cloth Guild

Bathsheba

Bathsheba

Old Woman

Old Woman

Hidden Treasure

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Portrait of a Boy

Portrait of a Boy

Saskia

Rembrandt and Saskia in the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Rape of Ganymede

Rape of Ganymede

Sacrifice of Isaac

Sacrifice of Isaac

Saskia

Saskia as Flora

Simson Threatened

Simson Threatened his Father-in-Law

The Archangel Leaving

The Archangel Leaving Tobias and his Family

Artist in his Studio

The Artist in his Studio

The Conspiracy

The Conspiracy of the Batavians

The Mennonite

The Mennonite Preacher Anslo and his Wife

Golden Helmet

The Man with the Golden Helmet

The Lapidation

The Lapidation of Saint Stephen

The Mill

The Mill

The Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Stone Bridge

The Stone Bridge

Descent

Descent from the Cross

Abraham

Abraham and the Angels

The Philosopher

The Philosopher in Meditation

The Polish Rider

The Polish Rider

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo

Risen Christ

Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen

Titus as a Monk

Titus as a Monk