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July 15

Rembrandt

It’s thought that Rembrandt produced about 300 paintings and 2,000 drawings over the course of his career.

Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar, 1659 by Rembradnt van Rijn

1606: Dutch Master
Rembrandt is born in Leiden, The Netherlands
Dutch painter Rembrandt Van Rijn created beautiful paintings, including many naturalistic self-portraits. Even during his twenties, Rembrandt’s skills as a portrait painter were in great demand for his delicate attention to light and shadows, which he used to shape his subjects’ features.

He gained attention for works like the slightly gruesome The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, in which a doctor uses a corpse to show his students how human arm muscles work. Rembrandt sought to paint the most realistic-looking people and places he possibly could, whether they were richly hued paintings of everyday life in Holland or intricate etches of Biblical images.
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