In this FULL VERSION, designed for iPhone® and iPad®, you will find over 100 drawings by the great master Rembrandt. Enjoy the high quality images of his drawings, share them with your friends via email, and learn about the artist life.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 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.
Rembrandt was one of the greatest draftsmen in the history of art. Because he usually regarded his drawings as a purely private record of observations and feelings, they are often deceptively simple. Yet the very spontaneity and economy with which Rembrandt sketched his impressions make them dazzling to connoisseurs. Indeed their spontaneity and freshness have a direct appeal sometimes missing from more elaborately executed pieces.
Rembrandt produced etchings for most of his career, from 1626 to 1660. He took easily to etching and the freedom of this technique was fundamental to his work. At first he used a style based on drawing, but soon moved to one based on painting. Towards the end of the 1630s, he moved to a simpler style, with fewer bitings. In the mature works of the 1650s, Rembrandt was more ready to improvise on the plate and large prints typically survive in several states, up to eleven, often radically changed. His prints have similar subjects to his paintings, although self-portraits are relatively more common, and portraits of other people less so. Many borrowings and influences in his work can be traced to artists as diverse as Mantegna, Raphael, Hercules Segers, and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.