"Rembrandt the Colossus of art! Let us bow before Rebrandt, and never
set anyone beside him!"
Bathsheba with King David's Letter
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (b. July 15, 1606, Leiden, Neth.--d. Oct. 4, 1669, Amsterdam), Dutch painter, draftsman, and etcher of the 17th century, a giant in the history of art. His paintings are characterized by luxuriant brushwork, rich colour, and a mastery of chiaroscuro. Numerous portraits and self-portraits exhibit a profound penetration of character. His drawings constitute a vivid record of contemporary Amsterdam life. The greatest artist of the Dutch school, he was a master of light and shadow whose paintings, drawings, and etchings made him a giant in the history of art.2
1 Rodin on Art and Artists Conversations with Paul Gsell Translated
by Mrs Romilly Fedden,
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