Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn)

Dutch (1606 - 1669)
Rembrandt (Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn) A Woman in Bed 164[7?]

Biography

Born 1606
Died 1669
Nationality Dutch
Birth place Leiden
Death place Amsterdam

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.

Glossary terms

  • A general term for European art and architecture from the 17th to the mid 18th centuries. It particularly refers to works characterised by a sense of movement and theatricality.

  • A printmaking technique that uses a needle to etch an image directly onto a copper plate. The resulting raised surface, or burr, which holds the ink used in the printmaking process produces a soft, velvety effect.

  • Term used to denote painters from the Renaissance until 1800, or their works.

  • A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Exhibitions

On now
Rembrandt | Britain's Discovery of the Master
  • Until 14 October 2018
National
Exhibition finished
Facing the World | Self-Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei
  • 16 July 2016 to 16 October 2016
  • £9
Portrait