The Timeline Book of Rembrandt
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Leiden 1606 - Amsterdam 1669) is amongst the greatest painters and engravers of all times. He was undoubtedly the major exponent of the Dutch Golden Age in art. He explored all the genres of painting: from group portrait - which he radically changed with The Night Watch - to biblical themes, from self-portraiture - a constant subject of his research - to landscape. Rembrandt had a strong personality, an extraordinary technical ability ever increased by unending experiments and a vast visual culture (from primitive Flemish painters to the Italian Renaissance). During his entire life, marked by glory and misery, by relationships contrary to bourgeois morality and by numerous bereavements, Rembrandt always aimed at the representation of reality and of nature, attempting to isolate its innermost truth, in a search often opposed to artistic conventions and decorum of contemporary society.
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