Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was one of the most important and influential painters of the Golden Age. His oeuvre includes more than three hundred paintings that depict a wide range of subject matter.
Rembrandt started out in his hometown of Leiden, but soon moved to the fastgrowing metropolis of Amsterdam. There he painted narratives and portraits with plenty of action and strong contrasts of light and dark.
Rembrandt made many of his best works in the last years of his life, when his paintings became more serene in character. Movement was expressed mainly in the loose, rapidly applied brushstrokes. These paintings have an emotional charge and show great psychological insight.