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About Rembrandt Etchings

Many people are surprised to learn that Rembrandt’s etchings, not his paintings, were responsible for the international reputation he enjoyed during his lifetime. When in 1660 the great Italian painter Guercino remarked, “I frankly consider him to be a great virtuoso,” he was referring to the Dutchman’s prints. The extraordinarily high regard Rembrandt’s contemporaries had for his etchings was understandable, for in less than four decades he had pushed the  [ Read More ]

The Rembrandthuis

After living and working in various rented houses, Rembrandt contracted to buy the house later known as the Rembrandthuis in January 1639 for 13,000 guilders. It tumed out to be a terrible investment. The house had been built in 1606 and had been owned by the wealthy Pieter Belten of Antwerp (1565-1626). He had enlarged it at the rear, and had a gallery built in the inner courtyard. In 1627,  [ Read More ]

from: “The Legend and the Man,” in The World of Rembrandt: 1606-1669 (Time-Life Library of Art), Walter Wallace, New York, 1968, pp. 17-25 In life Rembrandt suffered far more misfortune than falls to the lot of an ordinary man, and he bore it with the utmost nobility. Three centuries after his death the misfortune, if a man long deceased can be said to endure such a thing, continues. To be  [ Read More ]

1589 Rembrandt’s parents marry in the reformed Pieterskerk in Leiden. Rembrandt’s fater, Gerritsz van Rijn (the river Rijn)was the only member of his family who converted from Catholicism to Protestantism (after 1630). Rembrandt’s mother, Neeltgen Willemsdr. van Zuytbrouck, was the daughter of a baker (after 1640). Rembrandt’s parents had 10 children , two died in infancy. Rembrandt was the 8th child. In 1640, 4 children were still living: a shoemaker,  [ Read More ]

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn Leiden 1606 – Amsterdam 1669 Rembrandt was born in Leiden on July 15, 1606 – his full name Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. He was the son of a miller. Despite the fact that he came from a family of relatively modest means, his parents took great care with his education. Rembrandt began his studies at the Latin School, and at the age of 14 he was  [ Read More ]

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