Artist Rembrandt (1606 – 1669) | By World Arts and Artists

About | Biography of Artist Rembrandt (1606 – 1669)

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch draughtsman, painter, and printmaker. He was born July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands. He was the eighth out of nine children. An innovative and prolific master in three media, he is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history. Rembrandt’s works depict a wide range of style and subject matter, from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, genre scenes, allegorical and historical scenes, and biblical and mythological themes as well as animal studies. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age, The dozens of self-portraits by Rembrandt were an important part of his art work.

list of rembrandt paintings

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is painted 1633. The painting was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 and has not yet been recovered. Rembrandt painted the work on canvas using oils. The work measures 63 by 50.39 inches.

The Blinding of Samson

The Blinding of Samson is a painting was produced in 1636. It depicts a Biblical scene. who forced him to the ground and gouge out his eyes. The painting is one of relatively few to show this scene in detail and is particularly noted because of Rembrandt’s masterful command of light and shade.

The Night Watch

Rembrandt painted The Night Watch in 1642 and is known as one of his most famous paintings. It is also been recognized as one of Rembrandt’s most debatable and controversial works of art. The Night Watch is the largest painting at 142.9 in x 172.0 in Rembrandt’s line of work. The light and dark contrast in the military portrait is very well recognized. The captain of the civic militia guards and 17 of its members are thought to have commissioned the painting and paid Rembrandt 1,600 guilders to paint The Night Watch. This was considered a great deal of money in that era. There are thirty-four figures that appear in The Night Watch.

The Jewish Bride

The Jewish Bride, which is on display in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, is a painting by Rembrandt that dates from circa 1667. The work was created using oil paints on canvas, and it measures 47.8 by 65.6 inches.

The Three Trees

The Three Trees is an etching by the Dutch painter Rembrandt, and was produced in 1643. Often considered his most accomplished artwork in this style, it depicts three trees against a background of a highly varied sky. The work, which has been interpreted by some authorities as representing the Three Crosses, is currently owned by the British Museum in London.

The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son is one of Rembrandt’s masterpieces. This painter is renowned for his various works of art that are related to history or to biblical stories, and The Return of the Prodigal Son is considered to be one of his best pieces. This is an oil on canvas painting which he completed shortly before dying in 1669.

Rembrandt died soon after the completion of this self portraits painting, on October 4, 1669. He is buried is Amsterdam in an unmarked grave. Over the years, he painted 300 paintings, made 300 prints, and about 2,000 drawings.

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