DSC08704Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn  (/ˈrɛmbræntbrɑːnt/;[2] Dutch: [ˈrɛmbrɑnt ˈɦɑrmə(n)soːn vɑn ˈrɛin]; 15 July 1606[1] – 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakersin European art and the most important in Dutch history.[3] 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, and gave rise to important new genres in painting.

Cool fact: I have been able to see 69 of the approximately 324 known Rembrandt paintings over the last three years.  The painting I saw this week at the Memorial Art Museum in Rochester, New York is titled, “Portrait Of A Young Man In An Armchair”.  I have a sneaking suspicion that this is not a legitimate Rembrandt and was one that he lent a hand to in his workshop – it lacks the clarity and lighting that are generally earmarks of a Rembrandt painting but I am no expert in such things…

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