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THE REMBRANDT VAN RIJN ABRIDGED BIOGRAPHY
THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION, CHAPTER II

"...Rembrandt was the most promising of their children." Rembrandt’s decision to become an artist, or perhaps the decision of his parents to establish him in such a risky profession, was not made early. His parents felt that Rembrandt was the most promising of their children. They, accordingly, provided to him at a very early age a correct, traditional education. They enrolled him at the Latin School in Leyden to prepare him for a learned profession.
    The van Rijn family lived in the Dutch nation of United Provinces, as they were called at this time. In this society it was unusual, but not impossible, for a miller’s son to aspire to any position, regardless of the amount of education required.
    It appears that Rembrandt’s parents well understood the value of education and the opportunities it provided and passed this understanding onto their son. Rembrandt portrays this understanding in some of his earliest paintings when he depicts Jesus teaching the prophets in the temple and in the drawing of a family group seated around a book on a candlelit table.
    Rembrandt's mother is remembered as a devout reader of the Scripture, and Rembrandt himself expressed throughout his artistic career a deep and learned understanding of the interrelationship of God, man and nature.
 

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