Rembrandt was a famous Dutch painterwho has retained his popularity many centuries later. Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. Rembrandt’s contributions to art came in the Dutch Golden Age.
Famous Rembrant paintings include Jacob de Gheyn III, Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Belshazzar’s Feast & Night Watch. Rembrandt’s greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. Rembrandt’s success has brought him great respect in the art world and his own museum.
Rembrandt paintings deserve great recognition for exhibiting a complete knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience. It is also believed that Rembrandt’s sight problems, which he suffered for long periods, were another cause of his unique style and techniques.
In the Netherlands, the most notable collection of Rembrandt’s work is at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, including De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch) and Het Joodse bruidje (The Jewish Bride). Many of his self-portraits are held in The Hague’s Mauritshuis.
His home, preserved as the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, displays many examples of his etchings; all major print rooms have the majority of these, although a number exist in only a handful of impressions (copies).
The best collections of his paintings in other countries can be found in the National Gallery, London, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, New York City, Washington, D.C., The Louvre and Kassel.
Famous Rembrandt paintings include:
- Jacob de Gheyn III (1632) – Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, England
- Andromeda Chained to the Rocks (1631) – Mauritshuis, The Hague
- Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1631) – Mauritshuis, The Hague
- Artemisia (1634) – Oil on canvas, 142 x 152 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid
- Descent from the Cross (1634) – Oil on canvas, 158 x 117 cm, looted from the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), Germany in 1806, currently Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
- Belshazzar’s Feast (1635) -National Gallery, London
- The Prodigal Son in the Tavern (c. 1635) – Oil on canvas, 161 x 131 cm Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
- Danaë (1636) – State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
- The Night Watch, formally The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq (1642) – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- Christ Healing the Sick (Etching c. 1643, also known as The Hundred Guilders Print) , nicknamed for the huge sum paid for it
- The Mill (1645/48) – The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Susanna and the Elders (1647) – Oil on panel, 76 x 91 cm, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
- Aristotle contemplating a bust of Homer (1653) – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654) – Louvre, Paris
- Selfportrait (1658) – Frick Collection, New York
- The Three Crosses (1660) Etching, fourth state
- Ahasuerus and Haman at the feast of Esther – Pushkin Museum, Moscow
- Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis (1661) – Nationalmuseum, Stockholm) (Claudius Civilis led a Dutch revolt against the Romans) (most of the cut up painting is lost, only the central part still exists)
- Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild (Dutch De Staalmeesters, 1662) – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- The Jewish Bride (1664) – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam