Rembrandt van Rijn


Today 15th of July 2013 if you visit the any of Google’s International Search engines you will be greeted with an image of possibly one of the most known and renowned artists ever to walk the earth. Today Google is celebrating the art and legacy of

Rembrandt van Rijn

. The image features a portrait of Rembrandt van Rijn with the words Google written behind him.

Rembrandt van Rijn

The Rembrandt van Rijn painting looks classic and elegant and would have likely carried Rembrandt van Rijn’s blessings. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn better known just as Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden in the Dutch Republic in the Netherlands. Rembrandt van Rijn was born on the 15th of July 1606 and died in October 4, 1669 in Amsterdam.

Wikipedia and Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn 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 of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative.

Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt van Rijn 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 van Rijn 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 van Rijn knowledge of the specific text, his assimilation of classical composition, and his observations of Amsterdam’s Jewish population. Because of his empathy for the human condition, he has been called “one of the great prophets of civilization.”

Today 407 years after the birth of Rembrandt van Rijn the world will once again celebrate the life and legacy of the world famous Rembrandt van Rijn thanks to the Google Doodle that will bring his art and painting to life once again!