Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Born: 15 July 1606; Leiden, Netherlands

Died: 04 October 1669; Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch

Considered the greatest painter in all of European Art, Rembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher of the Dutch Golden Age. As a child, he had an inclination towards painting, and spent three years under the apprenticeship of a local history painter. After another six month apprenticeship with painter Jan Pieter Lastman, he opened his own studio. He began taking art students at his studio at the ripe old age of twenty-one years old.

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