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Rembrandt

Data di nascita: 15. Luglio 1606
Data di morte: 4. Ottobre 1669

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, /'rɛmbrɑnt 'hɑrmənsˌzo:n vɑn rɛɪ̯n/, meglio noto semplicemente come Rembrandt , è stato un pittore e incisore olandese.

Viene generalmente considerato uno dei più grandi pittori della storia dell'arte europea e il più importante di quella olandese. Il suo periodo di attività coincide con quello che gli storici definiscono l'età dell'oro olandese.

Dopo aver ottenuto un grande successo fin da giovane come pittore ritrattista, i suoi ultimi anni furono segnati da tragedie personali e difficoltà economiche. I suoi disegni e dipinti furono popolari già durante la sua vita, la sua reputazione rimase alta e per vent'anni fu maestro di quasi tutti i più importanti pittori olandesi. I più grandi trionfi creativi di Rembrandt sono evidenti specialmente nei ritratti dei suoi contemporanei, nei suoi autoritratti e nelle illustrazioni di scene tratte dalla Bibbia.

Sia nella pittura che nella stampa egli esibì una completa conoscenza dell'iconografia classica che modellò per adattarla alle proprie esigenze. Così, la rappresentazione di scene bibliche era costituita dalla sua conoscenza dei relativi testi, dall'influenza delle tematiche classiche e dall'osservazione della popolazione ebrea di Amsterdam. Per la sua comprensione della condizione umana, inoltre, fu definito "uno dei grandi profeti della civiltà".

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„Choose only one master — Nature.“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
As quoted in Rembrandt Drawings (1975) by Paul Némo, as translated by David Macrae

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„I am most astonished by what has been written about the [painting] 'Alexander', which is so well done that I must suppose there are not many lovers of art [amatori] at Messina. I am also surprised that Your Lordship [Don Antonio Ruffo] should complain as much about the price as about the canvas, but if Your Lordship wishes to return it as he did the sketch [schizzo] of Homer, I will do another Alexander... If Your Lordship likes the Alexander as is, very well. If he does not want to keep it, six hundred florins remain outstanding. And for the Homer [painting] five hundred florins plus the expenses of canvas, it being understood that everything is at Your Lordship's expense. Having agreed to it, would he kindly send me his desired measurements. Awaiting the response to settle the matter.“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
Quote of Rembrandt's letter, Nov/Dec. 1662, to buyer Don Antonio Ruffo from Messina, Sicily (location: RD, 1662/12, 509); as quoted in Rembrandt's Eyes, Simon Schama, Alfred A. Knopf, Borzoi Books, NEW YORK 1999, p. 591, & notes 32-36 Rembrant's reaction after complaints of Don Antonio Ruffo, dispatched through the Dutch consul in Messina, Jan van den Broeck, who was on his way to Amsterdam. Once there he was to inform Isaac Just (presumably the intermediary between Rembrandt and the Messina patrician), of the intense dissatisfaction at the work, which Don Ruffo had received. 'The Alexander', he complained, being unacceptably stitched together from four separate pieces, showed seams which were 'too horrible for words.'..g with so many defects.. (Don Ruffo already bought Rembrandt's painting Aristotle with a Bust of Homer c. 1655 and still existing: [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rembrandt_-_Aristotle_with_a_Bust_of_Homer_-_WGA19232.jpg], but 'The Alexander' of Rembrandt is lost).

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„Anno 1659 / On Wednesday, May 14 / You are requested to attend the funeral of / Aegtje Nachtglas / daughter of the late Jacob Pietersz / Nachtglas / at the Cleveniers-Doele [Amsterdam] at one o'clock. Come as friend of the house / Nieuwe-Kerck. [Verso] So eager to catch Christ out in his answer that they could not wait for written reply.“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
Inscription on Rembrandt's drawing [https://tomcat.tiler01.huygens.knaw.nl/adore-djatoka/viewer.html?rft_id=http://localhost:8080/jp2/13288755182981.jp2 'Christ and the Woman taken into Adultary'], on the back of a funeral ticket, after May 1659; (Benesch 1047) Gary Schwartz states in his 'Core list of Rembrandt drawings' - section 2: with inscriptions in Rembrandt's handwriting other than a signature: 'The authenticity of the drawing was called into question by Giltaij 2003, whose opinion is not shared by others, including myself' [http://remdoc.huygens.knaw.nl/#/document/remdoc/e12838 at the bottom]

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„.. in order to etch, take white turpentine oil, and add half the turpentine to it; pour the mixture into a small glass bottle and let it boil in pure [? ] water for half an hour.“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
Rembrandt's 'recipe for a stopping-out varnish' on the verso of a drawing 'Landcape with a River and Trees', undated, c. 1654-55; (Benesch 1351) [http://remdoc.huygens.knaw.nl/#/document/remdoc/e12886] It is evident that Rembrandt refers (alas fragmentarily) to a so-called 'stopping-out varnish', used to terminate the bite of acid in select areas of a plate that had already been exposed to the etching agent. Thus other portions will remain exposed to the acid to deepen the bite. Also Samuel van Hoogstraten, the first student of Rembrandt in Amsterdam, mentions the use of such a varnish in his 'Inleyding tot de Hooge Schoolde der Schilderkunst', Middelburg 1671 / Rotterdam 1678

„A painting is complete when it has the shadows of a god.“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
Statement attributed to Rembrandt in early biographies, as quoted in The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt: Reinventing an Old Master in Nineteenth-Century France (2003) by Alison MacQueen This quote is not to find in the source, [https://books.google.nl/books?id=N0dVqAsR5k0C&pg=PA292&lpg=PA292&dq=The+Rise+of+the+Cult+of+Rembrandt:+Reinventing+an+Old+Master+in+Nineteenth-century+France&source=bl&ots=SgL2TN2Xct&sig=ZJuOkH35vmifBkzcu5ASLdLyhTI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjx17OkrpfVAhWKnBoKHQlxA0oQ6AEIVzAJ#v=onepage&q=The%20Rise%20of%20the%20Cult%20of%20Rembrandt%3A%20Reinventing%20an%20Old%20Master%20in%20Nineteenth-century%20France&f=false/The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt: Reinventing an Old Master in Nineteenth-Century France, 2003,p. 287 ]

„A painting is not made to be sniffed. [but viewed from a distance - see also Rembrandt's quote in his letter to Constantijn Huygens, Amsterdam, 27 Jan. 1639]“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
Statement attributed to Rembrandt in early biographies, as quoted in The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt: Reinventing an Old Master in Nineteenth-Century France (2003) by Alison MacQueen One of the popular aphorisms about Rembrandt's paintings, drawn from his early biographies in early 19th century and repeatedly attributed to the artist by the French writers and artists [ https://books.google.nl/books?id=N0dVqAsR5k0C&pg=PA292&lpg=PA292&dq=The+Rise+of+the+Cult+of+Rembrandt:+Reinventing+an+Old+Master+in+Nineteenth-century+France&source=bl&ots=SgL2TN2Xct&sig=ZJuOkH35vmifBkzcu5ASLdLyhTI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjx17OkrpfVAhWKnBoKHQlxA0oQ6AEIVzAJ#v=onepage&q=The%20Rise%20of%20the%20Cult%20of%20Rembrandt%3A%20Reinventing%20an%20Old%20Master%20in%20Nineteenth-century%20France&f=false/The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt: Reinventing an Old Master in Nineteenth-Century France, 2003,p. 287 ]

„Rembrandt's comments on his drawing of 'The Rest on the Flight into Egypt', as remembered by his former pupil Samuel van Hoogstraten c. 1643 (translation from the original Dutch: Anne Porcelijn)“

—  Rembrandt van rijn
Dresden museum, Kupferstichkabinett - author: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn - Object: 'The Rest on the Flight into Egypt', Inventory number: C 1443 [document/remdoc/e4525]

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