Rembrandt, in full Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Rembrandt originally spelled Rembrant, (born July 15, 1606, Leiden, Netherlands—died October 4, 1669, Amsterdam), Dutch Baroque painter and printmaker, one of the greatest storytellers in the history of art, possessing an exceptional ability to render people in their various moods and dramatic guises.
His works suggest an acute and loving attention toward the world around him and a strong understanding of the significant detail—a dual quality that inspired later artists. Rembrandt is also known as a painter of light and shade and as an artist who favored an uncompromising realism that would lead some critics to claim that he preferred ugliness to beauty. At about age 10, Rembrandt entered the Latin School in Leiden, where he studied Classical and biblical works and oratory, but he soon left to train as an artist. He learned how to render everything from landscape to architecture, from still life to drapery, from animals to people and how to arrange them in complex scenes.
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