Rembrandt Fact Sheet: Who was Rembrandt? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Rembrandt.
Rembrandt Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1606 - 1669 *** Full Name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn *** Occupation: Dutch Painter and Etcher *** Date of Birth: Rembrandt was born on July 15th 1606 *** Place of Birth: Rembrandt was born in Leiden, Dutch Republic, known today as the Netherlands *** Family background: His father was Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn, a miller and his mother was Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck a baker’s daughter. His family was quite well off *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in a time which was religiously fraught and his religion would play a large part in his life and work *** Education: Rembrandt attended a Latin school and would be enrolled at the University of Leiden ***
Rembrandt Fact 1: Rembrandt
was born on July 15th 1606 and
during the 17th century period in
history when Europeans began to
colonize the America’s in earnest,
the Ming Dynasty began to collapse,
in the Near East, the Persian,
Ottoman and Mughal empires were on
the rise and many innovations were
being made in science, medicine,
technology and industry.
Rembrandt Fact 8: In 1631 having decided to move to Amsterdam, Rembrandt, with great success, began to operate as a professional portraitist with immense success.
Rembrandt Fact 9: So much so he and Saskia moved from renting a house to purchasing their own.
Rembrandt Fact 10:
Unfortunately, Rembrandt was not the
wisest of men when it came to
finances and although his income was
more than sufficient to have paid
for the house outright, a few bad
decisions were made in investments
that did not succeed.
Rembrandt Fact 15: With the assistance and cunning of his son Titus and Hendrickje, in order to keep Rembrandt painting they set up a business with Rembrandt as an employee.
Rembrandt Fact 16: He thus
continued to paint and sell his
Influence & Legacy: Rembrandt's faith was critically important to him and as such he incorporated this intrinsically into his work. Most of his work still exists today and is enjoyed by millions of people every year in various art galleries around the world as well as in private collections.
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