Rembrandt Van Reijn 1606-1669 | Dutch Golden Age
Rembrandt was probably the most influential painter of the Dutch Golden Age, and is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. Born to a noble family in the Netherlands, Rembrandt had attended latin school but his inclination for art led him to apprentice as a painter. When he was just 18 he bought a studio and shared it with a colleague after training under two influential artists of the time, Jacob Van Swanenburgh and Pieter Lastman. Soon after he began teaching and has been known for training many important artists of the time. Rembrandt was an expert at employing chiaroscuro and creating an atmospheric effect. Rembrandt's skill with these shadows coined the phrase, "What happens when you throw a brick at a Rembrandt? .. It keeps going".