Art Friday: Rembrandt
This is fun to watch - the making of an old painting by a Flashmob!
A nice way to meet Mr Rembrandt (not that you will meet him in this YouTube clip!)
Artist: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijin
Born 15 July1606 - Died 4 October 1669
Rembrandt produced many of his works in this fashionable town house in Amsterdam (above left). Purchased by the artist in 1639, when he was 33, it proved to be the scene of personal tragedy: his wife and three of his children died here. The house became a financial burden, and in 1660 Rembrandt was forced to move. A new owner added the upper story and roof, giving it the appearance it still bears. In 1911 the Dutch movement made it a Rembrandt museum -preserving it both as a shrine of a revered national artist and as an imposing example of 17th Century Dutch architecture.
In contrast to his successful public career, however, Rembrandt's family life was marked by misfortune. Between 1635 and 1641 Saskia gave birth to four children, but only the last, Titus, survived; her own death came in 1642- at the age of 30. Hendrickje Stoffels, engaged as his housekeeper about 1649, eventually became his common-law wife and was the model for many of his pictures. His personal life, however, continued to be marred by sorrow. His beloved Hendrickje died in 1663, and his son, Titus, in 1668- only 27 years of age. Eleven months later, on October 4, 1669, Rembrandt died in Amsterdam.
Text taken directly from: http://www.rembrandtpainting.net
|The Storm on the Sea if Galilee, 1633 - this beautiful painting was stolen in 1990 and is still missing.|
|The philosopher in meditation|
|The syndics of the drapers' guide|
|The artist in his studio|