Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

A Girl at a Window
Oil on oak
66 x 82 cm
(25.98" x 32.28")
Dulwich College (London, United Kingdom)

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606- 1669)
Dutch painter and etcher.
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.
Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships.
Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters.
Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible.
His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.