Dutch master painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was one of the most important painters of the seventeenth century. He made historic paintings, militia pieces and portraits. Amongst these portraits are many self-portraits and sketches. Also his wife, Saskia, son Titus and even the maid and his girlfriends are portrayed.
His work can be seen as the pinnacle of the Dutch Baroque. He was clearly influenced by the Italian master Michelangelo Caravaggio.
Rembrandt best known for his light and dark style of painting ('clair-obscur' / 'chiaroscuro'). By adding light to an object or person the viewer immediately focusses on the subject the painter wanted the focus on. He also made a lot of sketches and etchings. Worldwide his 'Nightwatch', 'The Anatomy lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp', 'the Jewish bride' and 'The Syndics' are probably the most recognized. They can all be seen in museums in Netherlands.