Rembrandt van Rijn

1606 - 1669
Painter, Engraver
Origin: Netherlands
Born: July 15, 1606, Leiden
Died: October 4, 1669, Amsterdam

In 1620, Rembrandt van Rijn attended the University of Leiden. Inspired by nature, he was driven to paint and left the university. He trained with Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburgh and, in 1624, worked with Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam. At age twenty-two, he returned to Leiden and established a studio where he took on his first pupils, Gerrit Dou and Isaac Jouderville. In 1632, Rembrandt settled in Amsterdam, living with Henrick van Ulyenburgh and helping run his "academy", essentially a studio that accepted many portrait commissions. There, Rembrandt took on several students. His incoming portrait commissions helped him through financial difficulties in the late 1650s. Rembrandt studied the Italian masters and was influenced by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian.

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The Small Lion Hunt
c. 1629, Etching on Laid Paper
Rembrandt van Rijn
Netherlands, 1606 - 1669