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Rembrandt van Rijn 
Dutch ( 1606 - 1669 ) 
"The Archangel  
Leaving the Family of Tobias"
Oil on canvas

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
(July 15, 1606 - October 4, 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher.
He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and
printmakers in European art history and the most important in
Duch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians
call the Dutch Golden Age. Having achieved youthful success as a
portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and
financial hardship. Yet his drawings and paintings were popular
throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained highand for
twenty years he taught nearly every important Dutch painter.
Rembrandt's greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in
his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of
scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate
biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with
the utmost sincerity. In both painting and printmaking he exhibited a
complete knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit
the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical
scene was informed by Rembrandt's knowledge of the specific text,
his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of the
Jewish population of Amsterdam Because of his empathy for the
human condition, he has been called "one of the great prophets
of civilization.