Related info with this topic Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
(July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) is generally considered one of the greatest painters in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.
Rembrandt was also a proficient printmaker and made many drawings. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age (roughly equivalent to the seventeenth century), in which Dutch culture, science, commerce, world power and political influence reached their pinnacles.
"No artist ever combined more delicate skill with more energy and power," states Chambers's Biographical Dictionary. "His treatment of mankind is full of human sympathy" (J.O. Thorne: 1962). There is only one known phrase by Rembrandt about what he sought to achieve through his art: the greatest and most natural movement, translated from die meeste ende di naetuereelste beweechgelickheijt. This was found in a letter written to a patron. Whether he meant movement of the objects in his paintings or of the viewer's emotions or both is still unclear and subject to debate among art historians.
In all, Rembrandt produced around 600 paintings, 300 etchings, and 2,000 drawings. He was a prolific painter of self-portraits, producing almost a hundred of them (including some 20 etchings) throughout his long career. Together they give us a remarkably clear picture of the man, his looks, and ? more importantly ? his emotions, as misfortune and sorrow etched wrinkles in his face.
Among the prominent characteristics of his work are his use of chiaroscuro, often using stark contrasts, thus drawing the viewer into the painting; his dramatic and lively scenes, devoid of any rigid formality that contemporary artists often displayed; and his ostensible deeply felt compassion for mankind, irrespective of wealth and age.
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