As 407th birthday of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is being celebrated with Google doodle, here are the few things you should know about his life.
1. Rembrandt van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands.
2. He was a Dutch painter and etcher and generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history.
3. The most notable collections of Rembrandt’s work are at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, including De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch) and Het Joodse bruidje (The Jewish Bride), The Hague’s Mauritshuis, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, the National Gallery, London, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, New York City, Washington, D.C., The Louvre, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, and Kassel.
4. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative.
5. Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt’s later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships.
6. Rembrandt’s greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible.
7. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called “one of the great prophets of civilization.”
8. He died on October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam.