La Verge amb el Nen, un gat i una serp

Author: Harmenszoon Van Rijn Rembrandt

Title: La Verge amb el Nen, un gat i una serp

Period: 17th Century

Date:: 1654

Technique: Burin, Etching

Dimensions: 9,7 x 14,1

Registry number: GE-789

Harmenszoon Van Rijn Rembrandt

Leiden, 1606-1669

Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn (15 July 1606– 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age.

Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, his later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular throughout his lifetime, his reputation as an artist remained high, and for twenty years he taught many important Dutch painters. Rembrandt’s greatest creative triumphs are exemplified especially in his portraits of his contemporaries, self-portraits and illustrations of scenes from the Bible. His self-portraits form a unique and intimate biography, in which the artist surveyed himself without vanity and with the utmost sincerity.

In his paintings and prints he exhibited knowledge of classical iconography, which he molded to fit the requirements of his own experience; thus, the depiction of a biblical scene was informed by Rembrandt’s knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation...

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