Rembrandt: The Seventeenth Century Art Master

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Introduction
In the seventeenth century, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a very big role into what made biblical paintings so popular. Combining his interest in the bible and painting set him out to making him a well-known artist of today. In return for his contributions to art came fame and wealth; however, all that eventually faded due time.
Life of Rembrandt
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on the sixteenth of July, 1606, in the city of Leiden. Leiden is located in the Netherlands where Rembrandt settled a majority of his life. In education, he attended a Latin School which started his interests in biblical studies. By the age of 14 he was enrolled at the University of Leiden. This school did not interest him, and he eventually withdrawled to study art. His trainers both lived in Amsterdam, and were Van Swanenburgh and Pieter Lastman. Under the instruction of Swanenburgh he was taught the basic skills for what it takes to be an artist. Swanenburgh also taught him how to portray scenes like hell and the underworld, and paint the element of fire. Lastman, his second instructor, taught Rembrandt how to properly include famous historical or biblical figures into his artwork. His studying never sent him abroad, but he was very interested in Italian art. His favorite Italian artists are Caravaggio and Anthony van Dyck.
It took him six months in order for Rembrandt to master everything he was taught. At the start of his career his paintings were generally small but enriched with detail. The themes were prominent as it touched various religious events. As he got more famous with his artwork so did the attraction of young artists wanting to learn at his side. In 1628 he started to teach, and through-out his career he had over fifty students. After making a successful art career he moved to Amsterdam in 1631.
In 1631 Rembrandt started to work with a workshop that painted portraits and restored paintings. This workshop was headed by Hendrick Uylenburgh. Rembrandt’s paintings also began to increase in size and dramatics. Biblical artwork became really popular with him; however, it’s not clear whether he belonged to a various religious organization. His success got a lot of positive response; however, a select few found negative remarks of the work. A Dutch diplomat, by the name of Constantijn Huygens, mocked a portrait that Rembrandt has done for one of his friends. Huygens commented on it saying it lacked verisimilitude, or the appearance of being real. In 1634 he got married to Saskia van Uylenburgh who was the cousin of one of Rembrandt’s art dealers. He began to teach in Amsterdam, but this time instead of teaching amateurs he also taught people already trained as artists.
At age 33 he and his wife finally settled down into their own house. This house was in walking distance from the place he had worked. Between the years of 1635 and 1641, Saskia and Rembrandt had four children. Only one of the four children survived being born, and...

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