Rembrandt van Rijn ( Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn * 1606 † 1669 )

Rembrandt

Rembrandt's biography: a superstar who died in poverty.

Rembrandt was born July 15th, 1606, in the Netherlands. He followed latin studies and got his diploma after studying between 1621 and 1623 with the painter Swanenburgh. After these studies, he stayed six months at Pieter Lastman's workshop in Amsterdam. In 1625, he moved back to Leiden in the Netherlands and opened his own art workshop. Six years later, he moved to Amsterdam and married Saskia van Uylenburgh in 1634. Saskia died in 1642 so Rembrandt had to hire a maid called Geertje Dirks to take care of his son Titus. In 1654, his beloved Hendrickje Stoffels gave birth to his daughter Cornelia, named after Rembrandt's mother. The following year, his finances went from bad to worse. His portraits were not selling well and his landlord demanded the payment of the full price of the house so that he could stay in it. He lost his house and his artworks. After the death of Hendrickje in 1663, he married Magdalena van Loo, the niece of his aunt Titia. The same year, his son Titus died. Rembrandt died a year later in full misery.

His notoriety survived his death and he became one of the most influencial Dutch painters. Besides his paintings, he left a large collection of drawings and engravings that still fascinate nowadays.

Art prints and oil reproductions by Rembrandt van Rijn

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