Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

(1606 – 69

Self Portrait with Two Circles
Self Portrait with Two Circles

Harmenszoon van Rijn??  How about THAT for a last name, eh?  It’s no wonder we just call him “Rembrandt.”  But “REMBRANDT” for a first name is nothing to sneeze about.

Rembrandt was a Dutch painter.  He’s been dead a looong time.

I was first introduced to Mr. Harmenszoon van Rijn back around 40 years when I was in high school.

He did a lot of self portraits throughout his life.  I suppose this could be considered the 15th century equivalent of making a lot of “Selfies.”  The one at the left is called “Self-Portrait with Two Circles.” I don’t know the significance of the background circles but since he took the trouble to paint them in, then I am sure that there must be some purpose.  I don’t know . . . but I’ll bet you a bunch of Guilders that someone does.

This one here is dated 1660.  That would have made him 54.

The next one (on the right) is dated 1629, making him 23.  I kid you not he loved doing those selfies!

Rembrandt 1629
Self Portrait — 1629

Of course if all he did was self-portraits, I think we wouldn’t know much about him today.  The fact that he was so prolific and so darn breathtakingly GOOD, is what makes his work live 400 years later.  You just can’t hide or overlook that kind of talent.

It was not to the self portraits that I was first introduced to the Master.  The first time I became aware of him by name and “claim to fame,” I believe was to the next in my little gallery here.  It is called Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild, and was painted in 1629.  It is next down, left.

He also did many portraits of other people but some of his most notable and well known works were representations of scenes from the Bible.

It has been many years since I have taken the time to enjoy the paintings of this Great Master, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so again and in this place.  To share my love and appreciation of all forms of art, gives me great satisfaction that is compounded with the singular pleasure of simply viewing it.  I can imagine how much better it would be to view the originals, but that day will probably never come.  So, even though it is not the same, I don’t let it diminish the joy I get from viewing these photographic and Internet representations — and sharing them with you.

Syndics of the Drapers' Guild -- 1662
Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild — 1662

If you think you might like to see more of his works if only in reproduction, then I suggest you do as I did while I researched this article.  Start with Wikipedia and Google.  Try the websites given in Google and try the “IMAGES” function of Google as well.  Here, might be an excellent place to start with just a small Rembrandt Gallery.

I will close with one of my all time favorites.  It is called, Storm on the Sea of Galilee.

Try also,

Storm on the Sea of Galilee -- 1633
Storm on the Sea of Galilee — 1633

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