Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was born in Leiden miller's son. After the Latin School wrote his parents in the university him in 1620. Rembrandt already hooked quickly. He was a painter apprentice at Jacob Swanenburch in Leiden and then by Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam. Back in Leiden he settled, with Jan Lievens as an independent painter. At that time, Rembrandt painted many biblical scenes in a precise style with bright colors.
In 1631 he moved to Amsterdam, where he received many portrait commissions. Among his many students were Ferdinand Bol, Govert Flinck and Carel Fabritius. Rembrandt's own work in the light-dark contrast grew stronger, the key looser, the compositions dramatic. In addition to portraits, he painted many historical paintings and etchings and drawings.
Rembrandt married Saskia Uylenburgh in 1634 with. In 1641 was born their son Titus, Saskia died a year later. Hendrickje Stoffels Rembrandt was in 1654 a daughter. He had already huge debts and had to sell house and property. He died in 1669 and was buried in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam.
(Source Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)