Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), Portrait of Marten Soolmans , 1634. Oil on canvas, 210 x 135 cm. Acquired by the Dutch State for the Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt van Rijn Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, 1634 // Portrait of Marten Soolmans, Oil on canvas.

Rembrandts zoon Titus in monniksdracht, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1660. #Rijksmuseum

Rembrandts zoon Titus in monniksdracht, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660 - Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt drawing at a window, 1648, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn / Self-Portrait, Drawing at a Window, 1648 / Etching, drypoint and burin, state II

The Night Watch, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1642.   Rembrandt’s largest, most famous canvas was made for the Arquebusiers guild hall. This was one of several halls of Amsterdam’s civic guard, the city’s militia and police.   Rembrandt was the first to paint figures in a group portrait actually doing something. Rembrandt used the light to focus on particular details, like the captain’s gesturing hand and the young girl in the foreground. She was the company mascot. www.rijksmuseum.nl

Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as the ‘Night Watch’, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642 - Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, 1634 Oil on canvas, 210 x 133 cm. Acquired by the French Republic for the Musée du Louvre

Rembrandt van Rijn Portrait of Oopjen Coppit, 1634 // Portrait of Marten Soolmans, Oil on canvas.

Samplers checked the quality of dyed cloth. Here Rembrandt shows them at work, distracted for a moment and looking up. One syndic is about to sit, or stand, so not all the heads are at the same level. A clever trick which, with the confident brushwork and subtle use of light, make this one of the liveliest group portraits of the 17th century. Originally painted for the sampling hall (Staalhof), in 1771 it was acquired by Amsterdam’s town hall. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1662

The Wardens of the Amsterdam Drapers’ Guild, Known as ‘The Syndics’, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1662 (To me, the half-risen figure from the left looks like a very sarcastic maths teacher)

Portrait of Haesje van Cleyburgh, 1634, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. www.rijksmuseum.nl

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – Amsterdam Portrait of Haesje Jacobsdr van Cleyburg Wife of the Rotterdam Brewer Dirck Jansz Pesser, 1634 Oil on panel (oval), x cm Rijksmuseum, inv.

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