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ID number:463500
Published: 01.08.2003.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born July 15, 1606 in Leiden, the Netherlands. His father worked at a mill, as did many Dutchmen, but wanted his son to work in an academic profession. However, Rembrandt left his studies at the University of Leiden in order to study painting.
His work had become well known by 1631 and so he left his successful Leiden studio for Amsterdam. After this he became Holland's premier painter. As a well-known painter, many of his commissions involved portraits. He was an upper class citizen, unlike many artists, and married Saskia van Uylenburgh, who would become one of the main subjects of his works. He known for his landscape paintings as well, and he was one of the more prominent etchers of the time. In fact, one source says that he ranks "among the foremost of all time" for his etchings. When he had no other subjects to paint, he created self-portraits, the number of which is estimated at between 50 and 60.
In his early days in Leiden many of his works showed the lines, light and shade, and color of everyday people. …

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