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Rembrandt

Rembrandt

Self-portrait of Rembrandt
Artist Details
Full Name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
Nationality: Dutch.
Year of Birth: 1606, Netherlands.
Year of Death: 1669, Netherlands.
Style: Baroque, Flemish School.

Rembrandt was a Dutch painter and engraver, a leading figure of the Baroque style and the Flemish school, considered the most talented and prolific pictorial artist in the history of the Netherlands.

Rembrandt's paintings offer not only an aesthetic proposition, but are also full of meaning and simplicity. A specialist in traditional and biblical scenes, he shunned the aesthetic and even provocative ostentation that other Baroque artists preferred.

Rembrandt never confined his works to one style, nor did he conform to an artistic trend. Far from this, he was the one who led trends, innovated, and constantly changed his way of painting.

Around his paintings, all kinds of historical, theological, and scientific studies have been conducted: themes, composition of pigments, brushstroke style, colors, etc.


Paintings by Rembrandt

Rembrandt's pictorial work is exhibited in the world's most renowned museums, including: The Prado, Louvre, Hermitage, and MET New York, among others. Here we present his 12 most important paintings. To purchase, access the store section Rembrandt oil paintings.



  • "The Return of the Prodigal Son"

    The work "The Return of the Prodigal Son" was painted between 1963 and 1965 by the Dutchman Rembrandt, a painter and engraver, the foremost exponent of the Baroque style.

    The elements of the painting have not been left to chance; studies have been conducted on each detail, facial expressions, body postures, colors, and lighting. Every aspect is meticulously thought out by the painter, in accordance with his own Faith.

    The scene depicts the parable of the prodigal son, narrated in chapter 15 of the Gospel of Saint Luke, specifically when the repentant and ashamed young man returns to his father's house, after having spent all his estate.

    Upon seeing him from a distance, the father runs to meet him with joy, and the son prostrates himself before him. To explain the event, the father shouts to everyone, "This my son was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and has been found." Meanwhile, the elder brother and his friends look on with disdain.

    Currently, the work is exhibited in the art gallery of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.


  • "Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar"

    Throughout his career, Rembrandt made numerous self-portraits, this being the most widely known, painted in 1659 and currently located in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


  • "The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis"

    A work by Rembrandt, considered the most complete in its narrative and symbolism, it presents a piece of 1st-century B.C. history about a small village conspiring against the great Roman Empire and its Caesar. Painted in 1662, it is currently located in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.


  • "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee"

    This is the main piece stolen in the most famous art heist in history (see on Wikipedia), which took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Only a high-resolution photograph taken in the late 1980s remains.

    It is the only known seascape by Rembrandt, hence its rarity and special value, painted 1633. It depicts a New Testament biblical scene where the Sea of Galilee turns stormy while the 12 apostles and Christ sail in a small rowing and sailing boat. The figure of the Messiah, illuminated and at peace, amidst the desperate disciples, the movement of the waters, the boat, and the chiaroscuro work on the canvas, are the most outstanding artistic elements of the painting.

    The current whereabouts of the painting are unknown. Experts believe that it is now in the hands of criminal organizations, being used as a form of currency and collateral in transactions between criminal groups.


  • "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp"

    Oil on canvas painted by Rembrandt in 1632. A baroque-style group portrait, featuring 7 students of the renowned Dutch doctor Nicolaes Tulp, attending to his anatomy teachings.

    It is currently owned by the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Netherlands.


  • "The Abduction of Europa"

    A fictional landscape with mythological characters, painted by Rembrandt in 1632.

    An allegory in the style of the Baroque, with elements of chiaroscuro, it depicts the Greek character "Europa" being abducted by Zeus in the form of a white bull. As they cross the river, her frightened friends, unable to do anything else, remain on the shore.

    It is currently in the J. Paul Getty Museum, California.


  • "The Night Watch"

    This is the most famous painting by Rembrandt, painted in 1642, and considered one of the masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age. It is the author's most complex work, including all kinds of details in the landscape and characters, each face, gaze, and object meticulously crafted by the creator.

    It is a multiple military portrait, commissioned, as the painter often did in such cases, charging each person depicted in the canvas.

    It is currently located in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


  • "The Syndics of the Drapers"

    Oil on canvas by the Dutch artist Rembrandt, painted in 1662.

    Known as the last great group portrait commissioned to the artist, it depicts 6 members of a guild, in their native Dutch attire, around a red table, seemingly in a fabric market hall.

    It is located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


  • "Belshazzar's Feast"

    A scene from the Book of Daniel (Old Testament), depicting God announcing to the king of Babylon the destruction of his kingdom. Painted by Rembrandt in 1635. Currently located in the National Gallery, London.


  • "The Jewish Bride"

    In Dutch: Het Joodse bruidje, is a Baroque period oil work painted by Rembrandt in 1669.

    Despite its title, which was invented after the painter's death, experts still disagree about the identities of the characters and the intention and meaning of the painting, as it lacks contextual elements for a more comprehensive analysis.

    Currently part of the collection of the National Museum of Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum).


  • "Danaë"

    An oil painting with a clear Baroque aesthetic, painted by Rembrandt in 1636. It depicts a Greek mythological scene of the goddess Danaë receiving Zeus, who appears in the form of golden water. Currently on display at the Hermitage Museum.


  • "The Raising of Lazarus"

    Baroque painting created by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn in 1633.

    Famous biblical scene, where Jesus resurrects his friend.

    Currently belongs to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA.

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