Rembrandt is perhaps the most renowned, influential and inventive of all Dutch artists. In his oil paintings, he represented a wide range of subjects, including single portraits, group portraits, self-portraits and biblical and mythological scenes. He explored the dramatic potential of light and shadow not only through paintings, but also through his innovative printmaking (etching) and fluid, inventive draughtsmanship. Rembrandt’s began his career in his native Leiden. After moving to Amsterdam, he enjoyed great success, which continued throughout his long career. Towards the end of his life, he underwent personal and financial difficulties, but remained a respected artist until his death in 1669.