Rembrandt Van Rijn

1411 words 6 pages
McKenna de Graaf
Mr. Hovater
World History
28 March 2013
Rembrandt van Rijn People consider the Dutch painter and etcher, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, an important figure in Dutch history. He achieved success at a very early age but had personal tragedies and financial hardships in his later years. Many are familiar with Rembrandt’s reputation. Rembrandt’s works show his greatest accomplishments. Mainly his childhood and home life influenced his works. Steadfastly, Rembrandt van Rijn, the greatest Dutch portrait painter of all time, revealed his brilliance by creating realistic masterpieces of poor, working-class subjects, and the ones he loved and lost.
Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden, Netherlands on July 15, 1606.
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In February, 1668, Titus married Magdalena van Loo, the daughter of the silversmith, Jan van Loo. The newly-weds went to live on the Singel, where Magdalena’s mother lived; this left Rembrandt alone with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Cornelia. Sadly, the marriage lasted approximately seven months before Titus died. Titus died in September and was buried in Westerkerk as well. However, Magdalena gave birth to a daughter named Titia six months after the death of Titus. About one year later, on October 4, 1669, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn died. His burial took place in Westerkerk where he would be buried with Hendrickje and Titus.
The Night Watch, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, The Jewish Bride, Portrait Jan Six, Titus, and several other self-portraits are considered to be Rembrandt’s greatest works. Rembrandt van Rijn had a variety of themes in his works, ranging from mythological and religious subjects, landscapes, nudes, and portraits. He also had different techniques that were uncommon during his time ear such as glazing. During the course of his life, Rembrandt focused on different themes at one time. Every aspect of his art contained variety. Rembrandt was interested in portraits. The people closest to Rembrandt often appeared in his works. His main models consisted of Saskia, Titus, and Hendrickje as well as himself. His self-portraits gave an idea to viewers how Rembrandt


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